In the West, cool weather remains an impediment to crop development. Showers accompany the Northwestern chill, maintaining concerns about disease pressure in crops such as winter wheat.

On the Plains, a cool, wet weather pattern across northern areas continues to hamper fieldwork and crop development. Meanwhile, relentless drought continues on the southern High Plains, where the winter wheat harvest is well underway with more than three-quarters of the crop rated in very poor to poor condition in Texas (79% very poor to poor) and Oklahoma (77%).

In the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are overspreading western portions of the region. Meanwhile in the eastern Corn Belt, cool but dry weather favors late-season planting efforts.

In the South, hot, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork and crop development. However, drought continues to gradually expand and intensify across the Deep South, where pastures and rain-fed summer crops are experiencing significant stress.

Outlook: Early in the week, hot weather from the southern Plains into the Southeast will contrast with cooler-than-normal weather in most other regions. During the next several days, heat will persist across the South and develop in the Southwest. Cool conditions will linger, however, across the northern High Plains and the Northwest. During the next 5 days, significant rain (1 to 3 inches, with locally higher totals) can be expected from the northern Plains to the southern Mid-Atlantic States—roughly from the Dakotas to the Carolinas. Meanwhile, little or no rain will fall from California to Texas. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for June 18-22 calls for above-normal temperatures from the southern Plains into the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States, while cooler-than-normal weather will prevail from the West into the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, above-normal rainfall across the northern Plains and the Midwest will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions across the nation’s southern tier.