In the West, dry weather favors summer crop maturation and fieldwork, including Northwestern small grain harvesting and planting activities.

On the Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms—heaviest in North Dakota and Kansas—are slowing fieldwork but maintaining generally favorable soil moisture levels for immature summer crops and in preparation for the heart of the winter wheat planting season.

In the Corn Belt, isolated showers are mostly confined to the lower Great Lakes region. Elsewhere in the Midwest, warm weather continues to push developmentally delayed corn and soybeans toward maturation.

In the South, warm, dry weather is promoting summer crop maturation and harvest activities for crops such as corn and rice.

Outlook: Near- to above-normal temperatures will prevail nationwide for the next several days, except for a late-week cooling trend across central and southern portions of the Plains and Rockies. Scattered showers will continue across the nation’s mid-section, with 5-day rainfall totals as high as 1 to 3 inches from the southern Plains into the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, heavy rain will gradually shift northward across the Mid-Atlantic coastal plain, but mostly dry weather will continue through week’s end in the West. During the next several days, rainfall will develop and intensify along and near the Gulf Coast, with drought relief expected in parts of southern Texas. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for September 13-17 calls for above-normal temperatures in northern New England, southern Texas, and much of the West, while cooler-than-normal weather will prevail in most areas from the central and southern Plains to the East Coast. Meanwhile, wetterthan-normal conditions across the eastern one-third of the .S. will contrast with near- to below-normal precipitation west of the Mississippi River.

Weather Report: Warm In The West & South Helps Crop Development