In the West, showers are returning to northern California and the Pacific Northwest. Dry conditions elsewhere favor fieldwork, but very cool weather continues to slow crop development.

On the Plains, local recovery efforts are underway from the latest severe weather outbreak, which mainly struck Kansas, Oklahoma, and northern Texas. In the storms' wake, a steady rain lingers on the central Plains. Unfavorably cold weather prevails on the northern Plains, where this morning's temperatures locally fell below 40°F.

In the Corn Belt, fieldwork remains on hold in many areas due to rain and/or soggy soils. Strong thunderstorms are sweeping across the central Corn Belt, while a steady rain is falling in parts of the western Corn Belt.

In the South, warm, dry weather favors fieldwork and crop growth, although drought persists in the western Gulf Coast region and parts of the southern Atlantic States.

Outlook: For today, a vigorous storm system centered over the central Plains will drift northeastward, triggering strong thunderstorms and possible tornadoes. The threat of severe weather will diminish somewhat as the storm's trailing cold front moves into the East on May 26-27. Meanwhile, a series of disturbances will promote cool, showery weather from the Pacific Northwest to the upper Midwest. In contrast, dry weather will prevail through week's end from southern California to the southern High Plains. The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for May 30 - June 3 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal weather in the Far West. Meanwhile, above-normal precipitation from the Pacific Northwest to the upper Great Lakes region will contrast with drier-than-normal conditions in a broad area stretching from the southern Rockies to the Mid-Atlantic States.