In the West, mostly dry weather and above-normal temperatures favor fieldwork and crop development. Northwestern fieldwork activities include small grain harvesting and early-season planting. In Washington, 5 percent of the winter wheat crop had been planted by August 30.

On the Plains, lingering showers across central and southern portions of the region are maintaining favorable soil moisture levels for the upcoming winter wheat establishment season. Meanwhile on the northern Plains, very warm, dry weather favors summer crop maturation and spring wheat harvesting.

In the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather and abundant soil moisture reserves are nearly ideal for pushing developmentally delayed corn and soybeans toward maturity.

In the South, moisture associated with Tropical Depression Jimena, currently centered over the Gulf of California, is helping to enhance rainfall in Texas. Showers linger across the southern Atlantic region, but warm, dry weather across the remainder of the South favors fieldwork and summer crop maturation.

Outlook: During the next 3 days, rainfall will be mostly confined to the southern and eastern U.S. However, a few showers will dot the Southwest, while rainfall will increase across the Pacific Northwest. As much as an inch of rain could fall in the Ohio Valley, while locally 1 to 3 inches may fall in the Pacific Northwest and along the southern Atlantic Coast. By early next week, wet weather may return to the north-central U.S., including the Red River Valley, but mostly dry weather will persist from California into the Great Basin and from the Great Lakes region into New England. Warmth nearly nationwide will promote summer crop maturation. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for September 9-13 calls for below-normal temperatures from the central Rockies into the Southeast, while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail in the Pacific Coast States, the Rio Grande Valley, the Atlantic coastal plain, and from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-thannormal conditions in the northern Rockies, the lower Rio Grande Valley, and New England.

Weather Report: Rain In The South & East, Dry In The West