More rain for the Midwest Corn Belt; storms on the central, southern Plains


More rain for the Midwest Corn Belt; storms on the central, southern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, a broken line of showers is slowing final corn and soybean planting efforts from the Great Lakes region to Missouri.  Meanwhile, cool but dry weather favors late-season planting (as field conditions permit) for a variety of crops—including corn, soybeans, sugarbeets, and spring wheat—in the Red River Valley of the North.

On the Plains, blazing heat prevails across much of Texas, where Monday’s high temperatures could reach 105°F or higher in western, central, and southern sections of the state.  Meanwhile, local flooding is occurring in eastern sections of Kansas and Oklahoma, although heavy rain is shifting eastward.  Elsewhere, cool weather on the northern Plains continues to limit emergence and growth of late-planted summer crops.  Monday’s high temperatures will remain below 60°F in parts of eastern Montana and western North Dakota.

In the South, heavy rain is falling early Monday across the Ozark Plateau and environs.  Elsewhere, warm, mostly dry weather continues to promote fieldwork and a rapid pace of crop development.  Aside from torrential rain, flash flooding, and a few wind gusts above 40 mph, southern Florida escaped impacts from low-pressure system that later became Tropical Storm Alex.  June 1-4 rainfall in Florida totaled 11.24 inches in Miami and 9.23 inches in Fort Lauderdale.

In the West, hot, dry weather prevails from interior southern California to the southern Rockies.  Meanwhile, Northwestern showers are subsiding, although cool conditions linger.  Watersheds from the Cascades to the northern Rockies retain substantial high-elevation snow, but little, if any, mountain snowpack remains in the Southwest.