Hot, stormy weather for parts of the Heartland


Hot, stormy weather for parts of the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, very warm, dry weather across much of the region favors corn and soybean development. Dry conditions remain a concern in parts of the northern Corn Belt, where high temperatures on Thursday reached daily-record levels in La Crosse, Wisconsin (99°F), and St. Cloud, Minnesota (96°F). Early Friday, thunderstorms are approaching the upper Midwest, while clouds and a few showers linger in the middle Ohio Valley.

On the Plains, overnight thunderstorms swept across Montana, the Dakotas, and northern Nebraska, delivering beneficial rain but producing localized damage due to high winds and large hail. Meanwhile, hot, dry weather continues to promote winter wheat maturation and harvesting on the southern High Plains, where Thursday’s high temperatures soared to daily-record levels in locations such as Roswell, New Mexico (111°F), and Dalhart, Texas (105°F).

In the South, the threat of heavy rain persists, mainly in the middle Atlantic States. However, scattered showers linger as far west as the Tennessee Valley. Meanwhile, hot, dry weather continues to overspread the western Gulf Coast region, allowing previously waterlogged fields to begin drying out. Several days ago, on June 6, Louisiana led the nation with statewide topsoil moisture rated 47% surplus, followed by Arkansas (41%) and Texas (35%).

In the West, cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage, except for some lingering heat in the Four Corners States. A Frost Advisory was in effect early Friday in portions of the northern Great Basin (e.g. northeastern Nevada) and the upper Snake River Plain (e.g. eastern Idaho). A new cold front approaching the Northwest is generating scattered showers along the northern Pacific Coast.