An active, at times, stormy weather pattern resumes across much of the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, locally severe thunderstorms are marching across areas west of the Mississippi River, including Iowa.  Although some weakening is occurring Friday morning, storm activity should flare again this afternoon in parts of the central and eastern Corn Belt.  Producers continue to make limited planting progress between rain events, with 30% of the nation’s intended corn acreage left to plant by May 19.

On the Plains, locally severe thunderstorms returned on Thursday, with the greatest concentration of wind damage focused across southern and eastern Nebraska.  Early Friday, a large convective complex has largely shifted into the western Corn Belt, leaving much of the nation’s mid-section experiencing cool, dry weather.  Friday’s high temperatures on the northern Plains will remain below 70°F.  However, 90-degree heat lingers across Texas, except the state’s northern tier.

In the South, very warm, humid conditions and generally abundant soil moisture reserves are promoting pasture growth, winter wheat maturation, and summer crop development.  Early Friday, rain showers with a few embedded thunderstorms dot the mid-South and mid-Atlantic.

In the West, mostly dry weather has returned across the northern Rockies, following a late-season snowfall.  In fact, dry weather prevails across much of the West, although a warming trend in California and the Southwest contrasts with a lingering chill farther north.  Freezes were noted Friday morning in typically colder interior Northwestern locations such as Pocatello, Idaho, and Lander, Wyoming.

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