Cooler days ahead for much of the Corn Belt


Cooler days ahead for much of the Corn Belt

Lingering downpours along the northern Atlantic Coast will end later Thursday, although extensive flooding will persist after rain has ended from the middle Atlantic States into southern New England.

Farther west, a cold front crossing the nation’s mid-section will make steady eastward progress while weakening.

Event-total rainfall could reach 1 to 3 inches across the northern and central Plains and the western Corn Belt, with lower amounts expected in the mid-South and eastern Corn Belt. Toward week’s end, the tail of the cold front should stall across the Deep South, where showers will linger.

Cooler, drier weather will trail the cold front’s passage. Elsewhere, dry weather will prevail during the next 5 days across California, the Great Basin, and the Northwest.

Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for the likelihood of above-normal temperatures along the Atlantic Seaboard and from the Pacific Coast to the Plains, while cooler-than-normal conditions will cover the Midwest and interior Southeast.

Meanwhile, below-normal rainfall across the Plains, Midwest, mid-South, and Southeast should contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the Northeast and Far West.