Wet weather continues to plague much of the Midwest

Warmer weather took over the lower Midwest but wet conditions hit the upper Midwest.

Soaking rainfall returned across much of the Midwest, stalling most fieldwork. Some of the heaviest rain, 2 to 4 inches or more, fell in upper Midwestern States that had planted one-quarter to one-half of their corn and soybeans the previous week, from May 8-14. In the lower Midwest, several days of warm, dry weather provided a brief fieldwork window. In fact, weekly temperatures generally averaged 5 to 10°F above normal from the middle Mississippi Valley to the Atlantic Seaboard.
From May 17-19, a short-lived heat wave along the Atlantic Seaboard pushed temperatures to 90°F or higher. In contrast, a late-week cool spell resulted in some patchy freezes across the northwestern half of the Plains. Temperatures averaged at least 5°F below normal across large sections of the northern High Plains and the West.

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