Cool mid-Summer weather ahead for the Corn Belt
A nearly stationary front draped across the South will remain the focus for showers and thunderstorms for the remainder of the week.
Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 5 inches or more from the central and southern Plains eastward to the middle Atlantic Coast. In contrast, little or no rain will fall across the northern Plains and upper Midwest, accompanied by cooler-than-normal weather.
In fact, below-normal temperatures will prevail in most areas between the Rockies and Appalachians. However, hot, dry weather will dominate the West.
Meanwhile in the tropics, Potential Tropical Cyclone Nine will pass near the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico on Wednesday night and Thursday morning, resulting in heavy rain, gusty winds, and possible flash flooding, but also providing drought relief. The system could soon become a full-fledged tropical storm; however, regardless of development, tropical showers and gusty winds could overspread Florida’s peninsula during the weekend.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of below-normal temperatures in the Pacific Northwest and much of the eastern half of the U.S., while warmer-than-normal weather will prevail along the Atlantic Seaboard and from California to the High Plains.
Meanwhile, near- or below-normal rainfall across most of the country should contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in North Dakota and along the East Coast from Florida to southern New England.