Scattered rains on the increase across the Heartland favor the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, showers accompany a slow-moving cold front stretching from Kansas into the Great Lakes region.  North of the front, sunny but cooler weather is favoring summer crop development, while dry and warm conditions over the southern and eastern Corn Belt are accelerating corn and soybeans toward or into reproduction.

On the Plains, a cold front is producing showers and thunderstorms from the central High Plains into Nebraska.  North of the front, cool but dry weather is promoting wheat maturation and early harvesting.  South of the front, hot conditions (Friday’s highs approaching or topping 100°F) will continue over Texas, Oklahoma, and southern Kansas.

In the South, tropical moisture surging northward from the Gulf of Mexico is contributing to showers and thunderstorms from eastern Texas to the southern Atlantic Coast.  Furthermore, a pair of weak disturbances — one over southeastern Texas and the other on the Georgia Coast — will enhance the rainfall rates locally.  The moisture is providing localized relief from intensifying drought, though a more widespread soaking rainfall is needed. 

In the West, near- to above-normal temperatures and sunny skies are promoting seasonal fieldwork and crop development, though clouds and showers associated with the southwestern monsoon linger across the Four Corners region.    

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