In the West, rain and snow showers linger from the Pacific Northwest to the northern Rockies. Cool weather across the remainder of the West continues to slow crop development. Meanwhile, wildfire containment efforts are ongoing across parts of New Mexico and eastern Arizona.
On the Plains, cool, cloudy weather persists in Montana and portions of the Dakotas, where producers continue to try to plant remaining summer crop acreage. In contrast, hot, dry weather prevails on the drought-ravaged southern High Plains, although the winter wheat harvest is rapidly advancing.
In the Corn Belt, cooler air is spreading across the upper Midwest in the wake of a cold front’s passage. A broken band of showers along the cold front stretches from northern Michigan into Iowa. In advance of the front, hot, dry weather favors late-season corn and soybean planting efforts in the eastern Corn Belt.
In the South, hot, mostly dry weather continues to take a toll on pastures and rain-fed summer crops, with isolated thundershowers providing only minimal relief. Drought is deeply entrenched in the Gulf Coast region and portions of the southern Atlantic States, and the record-setting heat of late May and early June has caused a rapid decline in crop conditions in the driest areas.
Outlook: During the next several days, several disturbances crossing the northern U.S. will help to generate widespread showers and thunderstorms. Five-day rainfall totals will reach 1 to 3 inches, with locally higher amounts, across the northern Plains, Midwest, and Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic States. Isolated thundershowers can be expected in the Southeast, but dry weather will prevail from California to Texas. Extreme heat will persist through week’s end from the southern Plains into the Southeast, while temperatures will gradually rebound to near-normal levels in the West. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for June 13-17 calls for a return to below-normal temperatures in California and neighboring areas, while hotter-than-normal weather will prevail in most areas east of a line from Minnesota to Texas. Meanwhile, mostly dry weather from California to Texas will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions across nearly all of the northern and eastern U.S.