Weather conditions: Aug. 20-24

The drought in Missouri continues to linger.

Showers soaked a large area of the country, especially along and southeast of a line from the central Plains into the Northeast. Some of the heaviest rain, locally 4 inches or more, fell across the southeastern Plains. In contrast, hot, mostly dry weather dominated the northern Plains for much of the week, promoting small grain harvesting but depleting topsoil moisture in advance of the winter wheat planting season. However, late-week showers locally helped to reverse the northern Plains’ drying trend. Late-summer heat also covered much of the West, where weekly temperatures averaged at least 5°F above normal in many locations. 

Check out this week's weather gallery for more details. 

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