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.
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.
All graphics courtesy of USDA, NOAA, Department of Commerce
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