In the West, rain and snow showers continue to push inland across northern California, the northern Great Basin, and the Northwest. Throughout the West, unusually cool weather is hampering the development of crops, including California’s rice and cotton.

On the Plains, relatively tranquil weather has returned to northern portions of the region, following recent rain and wind. Showers and thunderstorms linger, however, on the central and southern Plains, where the ongoing wet spell has slowed fieldwork but maintained abundant moisture reserves for pastures, winter wheat, and emerging summer crops.

In the Corn Belt, showers are confined to the upper Mississippi Valley. Elsewhere in the Midwest, very warm weather continues to favor planting activities and corn and soybean emergence and development.

In the South, a low-pressure system centered east of the Georgia coast is contributing to scattered showers along the southern Atlantic Coast. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather continues to promote fieldwork, winter wheat maturation, and the emergence and growth of recently planted summer crops.

Outlook: Cool weather will persist through week’s end in the West Coast States, but temperatures will rebound to above-normal levels by early next week.

Meanwhile, a warm weather pattern across the Plains will be replaced by cooler conditions during the weekend. During the next 5 days, precipitation totals could  reach 1 to 2 inches in the southern Atlantic States and from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Plains. In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail in the Southwest.

The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for May 31 – June 4 calls for below-normal temperatures across the nation’s northern tier from North Dakota to Maine, while warmerthan- normal weather will return to California, the Great Basin, and the Desert Southwest. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation can be expected nationwide. Wet weather will be most likely in the Northwest and a broad area centered on lower Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys.