In the West, moisture associated with the monsoon (summer rainy season) is producing scattered showers across Arizona and the Intermountain region. Meanwhile, favorably warm, dry weather is promoting Northwestern fieldwork and crop development.
On the Plains, cool weather and scattered showers linger across northern areas, where crop development remains delayed and producers continue to battle lowland flooding and pockets of excessive wetness. Meanwhile, relentlessly hot, mostly dry conditions persist on the drought-stricken southern Plains.
In the Corn Belt, showers and locally severe thunderstorms are affecting the upper Midwest. Warm, dry weather elsewhere—from Missouri into the Ohio Valley and lower Great Lakes region—favors winter wheat harvesting and summer crop development.
In the South, unsettled, showery weather stretches from the southern Mid-Atlantic region to the lower Mississippi Valley. The Southeastern showers continue to provide relief to previously drought-stressed pastures and summer crops.
Outlook: For the remainder of the week, a series of disturbances will trigger scattered showers and thunderstorms. Some of the heaviest rain will fall in the Southeast, where 5-day totals could reach 1 to 4 inches. Totals of 1 to 2 inches could occur in central portions of the Rockies and Plains, while scattered showers will affect the northern Plains, upper Midwest, and Southwest. Mostly dry weather will prevail in the drought-affected south-central U.S., as well as along and near the Pacific Coast. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for July 10-14 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions along the Pacific Coast. Meanwhile, moisture arriving from the tropics will contribute to wetter-than-normal weather in the southern Atlantic States and from the Four Corners region into the upper Midwest; the remainder of the U.S. will receive near- to below-normal rainfall.