In the West, dry weather is promoting fieldwork. Cool conditions linger in the central and southern Rockies, but favorably warm air is expanding across the Pacific Coast States.

On the Plains, rainy, breezy weather in the Dakotas and Nebraska is preventing fieldwork and aggravating flood issues in some low-lying areas. By June 19, producers had not planted 14% of the spring wheat acreage in North Dakota. Meanwhile, drought-easing rains have ended across the central High Plains. Currently, critically dry conditions persist on the drought-ravaged southern High Plains, while locally severe thunderstorms are affecting the southeastern Plains.

In the Corn Belt, late-season soybean planting continues in eastern areas, as conditions permit. By June 19, Indiana’s soybeans were 90% planted. Meanwhile, cool, wet weather is engulfing the northern and western Corn Belt, maintaining abundant moisture reserves but halting fieldwork and causing local flooding.

In the South, thunderstorms are providing local drought relief from the Delta westward, but hot, mostly dry weather is severely stressing pastures and rain-fed summer crops farther east. On June 19 in the Southeast, at least one-third of the cotton was rated in very poor to poor condition in Georgia (44%), and Alabama (39%).

Outlook: During the next several days, a slow-moving storm system will drift from the western Corn Belt into the Great Lakes region. Additional rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches along and near the path of the low-pressure system. Meanwhile, showers and locally severe thunderstorms will continue to develop in advance of the storm’s trailing cold front as it sweeps across the eastern half of the U.S. Rain and cooler weather associated with the front’s passage will provide some local drought relief across the South. Elsewhere, little or no rain will fall in the West, although cool weather will return to the Northwest by week’s end. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for June 26-30 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures and near- to below-normal rainfall across the majority of the U.S. Cooler-than-normal weather will be confined to Florida’s peninsula and areas along and near the Pacific Coast, while wetter-than-normal conditions will be limited to the Southeast and the Pacific Northwest.