USDA weather recap: Rains confined, growing conditions ideal

Significant rainfall was confined to a few small U.S. areas, including central and northeastern Montana, the southern Rockies and adjacent Plains, parts of the western Corn Belt, and the southern Atlantic region.

Midwestern rain was mostly restricted to the southern and western Corn Belt, including Iowa and northern Missouri. Midwestern growing conditions remained nearly ideal for corn and soybeans, except in areas with lingering wetness, as temperatures stayed below 95° F.

Meanwhile on the Plains, showers maintained favorable conditions for most summer crops. Rain fell as far south as northern Texas, but crops in other parts of Texas experienced stress due to hot weather and diminishing topsoil moisture. Temperatures frequently topped 100°F in the western Gulf Coast region, including large sections of Texas and Louisiana.

Rain was especially heavy in portions of Florida, where the development of a weak low-pressure system helped to focus precipitation. Showers extended into the southern Atlantic States and the central Gulf Coast region, but most other areas of the South experienced hot, dry weather that further increased stress on pastures and summer crops in areas with limited soil moisture.

Elsewhere, the Far West experienced dry weather and late-week warming trend, along with a rash of mostly lightning-sparked wildfires. In contrast, cool weather lingered across the Intermountain West, holding weekly temperatures more than 5°F below normal in a few locations.

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