USDA Weekly weather update, June 24: More rain, more flooding, less drought, less fieldwork

Rain intensified across the Upper Midwest, erasing vestiges of drought but halting fieldwork and triggering lowland flooding. Weekly totals of at least 4-8 inches were common across southern Minnesota, northern Iowa and parts of neighboring states, sending rivers out of their banks and in some cases to record-high levels. In contrast, warmer, drier weather accelerated summer crop development across the southern Corn Belt and much of the South. Meanwhile, recovery from a multi-year drought continued across portions of the southern Plains, while nearly all of the  northern and eastern U.S. remained free of drought amid scattered, locally heavy showers.

Heavy rain fell in isolated areas—mainly in parts of  Montana and southern Texas, as well as  Florida’s peninsula—causing local flooding. Florida’s showers signaled the fullscale arrival of the summer wet season, easing dryness-related concerns in southern parts of the state.

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Farther west, showers largely bypassed long-term drought areas on the  central High Plains, despite an overall unsettled pattern across the  nation’s mid-section. Elsewhere, seasonably dry weather prevailed in the  West’s core drought areas, although a period of cooler weather followed by a return to heat.  Western sunshine promoted fieldwork and crop development, but maintained heavy irrigation demands.

In the  Northwest, scattered showers aided winter wheat and spring-sown crops, although amounts were light. Near- to below-normal temperatures covered much of the  West, while warmer-than-normal weather stretched from the  central and southern Plains into the Mid-Atlantic States.

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