In the West, cool weather continues to hinder crop development, especially in the Pacific Coast States. In contrast, warmer weather in the central Rockies is increasing the rate of melting snow.
On the Plains, dry weather has returned to the soggy northern tier of the region, where producers are still attempting to plant crops such as corn and spring wheat. Meanwhile, scattered thunderstorms on the drought-stricken southern High Plains are providing local relief to pastures and rain-fed summer crops.
In the Corn Belt, dry weather favors corn and soybean planting activities, although chilly conditions linger across northern areas. By May 29, just 19% of the corn was planted in Ohio, along with 59% in Indiana, 61% in Pennsylvania, and 67% in Michigan. Soybean planting had not reached the one-third mark in Ohio (7% planted), Indiana (25%), North Dakota (29%), and Michigan (31%).
In the South, a small, westbound disturbance is approaching Florida’s east coast. Elsewhere, hot, mostly dry weather is promoting fieldwork and crop development, but causing further drought intensification across the Deep South from Texas to the southern Atlantic region.
Outlook: Unusually cool conditions will persist in California, but favorably warmer air will overspread the Northwest during the weekend. Farther east, periods of heat will affect the nation’s mid-section (excluding the northern High Plains). During the next 5 days, showers will be generally light and widely scattered, with the greatest chance for organized rainfall stretching from the Pacific Northwest into the upper Midwest. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for June 6-10 calls for above-normal temperatures in most areas from the central and southern Plains to the East Coast, while cooler-than-normal weather will prevail across the northern High Plains and much of the West. Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall from the southern Rockies into the middle and southern Atlantic Coast States will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions from the northern Rockies into the Great Lakes region.