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Scattered showers and slightly cooler conditions provided some limited relief to drought-stressed summer crops – primarily soybeans – in the Midwest. Weekly rainfall totaled an inch or more in numerous Midwestern locations, with at least 2 in. reported in parts of the middle Mississippi and lower Ohio river valleys. Meanwhile, widespread showers continued to benefit pastures and immature summer crops in the Southeast, where 2-4-in. totals were common.
Farther west, however, extreme heat shifted to the southern half of the Plains and parts of the Mid-South. Weekly temperatures averaged at least 10° F above normal – and highs topped 110° F – in an area centered on Oklahoma, where late-week wildfires charred thousands of acres and destroyed dozens of homes. Elsewhere, significant rainfall was confined to portions of the central Plains and the Southwest, while dry weather promoted fieldwork in California and the Northwest.