Dry conditions persist over most of Texas, all of California, and parts of the Delta, but conditions in the Corn Belt lean toward too cool. In fact, the prospects for a good corn crop, once generally favorable, have been diminished by an unseasonably cool summer. For instance, Kansas City is four inches above normal rainfall, but recorded the coolest July on record. Meteorologists at Kansas City’s airport only recorded three days of temperatures at 90 degrees or above during July. But grazing conditions over much of the Plains, especially south Texas, are poor to non-existent. Texas may be seeing the worst drought in recorded history.

View the National Drought Monitor.