More locally heavy rainfall across parts of the Corn Belt


More locally heavy rainfall across parts of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, thunderstorms from northern Missouri into the lower Ohio Valley are mostly benefiting summer crops but in extreme cases are triggering local flooding.  Early Tuesday, some of the most significant flash flooding stretches from northeastern Missouri into southern Illinois, where overnight rainfall ranged from 2 to 6 inches or more.  The remainder of the Midwest is experiencing below-normal temperatures and spotty showers

On the Plains, crop-withering heat continues as far north as the southern tier of Kansas.  On July 24, Texas led the U.S.— among major production states—in very poor to poor ratings for rangeland and pastures (89%), corn (42%), sorghum (36%), and peanuts (11%).  Across the northern half of the Plains, pleasant temperatures accompany scattered showers.  However, lack of soil moisture remains a concern in portions of all the region’s states except North Dakota.

In the South, hot, humid conditions remain in place.  In fact, extreme heat (high temperatures of 100°F or greater) persists in non-coastal locations from the western Gulf Coast region into the mid-South, with adverse impacts on pastures and a variety of summer crops.  On July 24, Arkansas led the region with topsoil moisture rated 91% very short to short, and with pastures rated 75% in very poor to poor condition.

In the West, the Southwestern monsoon circulation remains active, resulting in numerous showers in the Four Corners States and environs.  Hot, dry weather covers the remainder of the western U.S.  Notably, Northwestern heat is promoting winter wheat maturation and harvesting, as well as rapid summer crop development.