Cristobal still impacting parts of the Heartland
Across the Corn Belt, rain and gusty winds are affecting the upper Great Lakes region as a cold front interacts with Post-Tropical Cyclone Cristobal. Early Wednesday morning, Cristobal’s circulation was centered about 185 miles west of Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan, moving toward the north-northeast at 30 mph. Widely scattered showers and breezy conditions are also occurring in other areas of the Midwest, although markedly cooler conditions in the western Corn Belt contrast with lingering heat and humidity east of the Mississippi River.
On the Plains, cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Summer crops across the northern and central Plains are benefiting from a recent boost in topsoil moisture, but drought continues to intensify across portions of the southern Plains. On June 7, nearly one-quarter (23 to 24%) of the winter wheat was rated in very poor to poor condition in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, while 38% of Colorado’s crop was rated very poor to poor.
In the South, cooler air is arriving from the Mississippi Delta westward. Meanwhile, hot, humid, showery weather continues in the Southeast. Showers also linger in the western Gulf Coast region, mainly across Deep South Texas.
In the West, a Freeze Warning was in effect early Wednesday in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. In contrast, above-normal temperatures are returning across the Pacific Coast States and the Desert Southwest. Dry weather throughout the West favors fieldwork, although drought has left rangeland and pastures rated 50% very poor to poor in California, along with 39% in Colorado, 38% in New Mexico, and 32% in Oregon.