In the West, hot, dry weather is promoting fieldwork and crop development. In parts of California, however, hot, dry, breezy conditions are hampering wildfire containment efforts.

On the Plains, dry weather favors summer crop development and fieldwork, including small grain harvesting (across northern areas) and winter wheat planting preparations (across southern areas). Cool conditions across eastern portions of the region contrast with hot weather on the High Plains.

In the Corn Belt, cool air is arriving, while scattered showers linger across central and eastern portions of the region. Growing conditions remain nearly ideal for corn and soybeans, despite developmental delays.

In the South, scattered showers are developing in the drought-affected western Gulf Coast region, including eastern Texas. Meanwhile in the Southeast, locally heavy rain is disrupting fieldwork but boosting soil moisture for pastures and immature summer crops.

Outlook: During the next two days, a cold front will progress toward the East Coast, while a disturbance will move northeastward in advance of the front’s passage. Both weather systems will contribute to heavy rain (as much as 1 to 3 inches) in the Atlantic Coast States. In addition, Tropical Storm Danny— expected to graze the middle and northern Atlantic coastline on August 29-30—may result in rain and gusty winds. Farther west, a high-pressure system settling across the upper Midwest on August 30-31 could result in scattered frost as far south as Iowa. Elsewhere, hot weather will continue in the West, although isolated thunderstorms may affect the northern Intermountain region. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for September 2-6 calls for below-normal rainfall from the eastern Corn Belt into the interior Northeast, while wetter-than-normal weather will prevail in Florida, the Rio Grande Valley, and northern and central portions of the Rockies and Plains. Meanwhile, above-normal temperatures across the northern Plains and much of the West will contrast with cooler-than normal conditions from eastern portions of the central and southern Plains into the Southeast.

Weather Report: Hot & Dry In The West, Showers In Eastern Texas