In the West, near- to below-normal temperatures are maintaining a slow pace of crop development. In addition, scattered showers are returning to the Northwest.
On the Plains, cool weather prevails as far south as Texas’ northern panhandle. Heat lingers, however, across the remainder of drought-ravaged Texas. In contrast, cool, showery weather on the northern Plains continues to slow crop development and hamper spring wheat planting and other fieldwork.
In the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are maintaining generally favorable moisture levels for emerged summer crops. However, wet conditions are slowing late-season corn and soybean planting efforts.
In the South, showers associated with a weak low-pressure system are remaining east of Florida. As a result, hot, mostly dry weather across the drought-affected Deep South is maintaining significant stress on pastures and rain-fed summer crops.
Outlook: Across roughly the northern half of the U.S., a series of disturbances will maintain showery conditions into next week. Five-day rainfall totals will reach 1 to 3 inches, with locally higher totals, in the northern Rockies, northern and central Plains, Midwest, and Northeast. Meanwhile, isolated showers will dot the Southeast, but mostly dry weather will prevail from California to Texas. Extreme heat will remain a concern into next week from the southern Plains into the Southeast. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for June 15-19 calls for hotter-than-normal weather across the central and southern Plains, Midwest, and Southeast, while near- to below-normal temperatures will prevail in the Northeast, northern Plains, and the West. Meanwhile, near- to above-normal rainfall across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in the Pacific Northwest and from California to Texas.