An active pattern for parts of the Heartland; an early-season heat wave for some of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, widespread, locally severe thunderstorms have erupted across the upper Midwest, with some of the heaviest rain falling from the middle Missouri Valley into the upper Mississippi Valley.  In contrast, hot, mostly dry weather across the southern and eastern Corn Belt is resulting in some reductions in topsoil moisture.

On the Plains, hot weather covers the southern half of the region, with Monday’s high temperatures expected to reach 100°F or higher as far north as eastern Colorado and western Kansas.  Meanwhile, cool, rainy weather dominates the northern Plains.  Monday’s temperatures will remain below 50°F in parts of western and central Montana.

In the South, an influx of tropical moisture has led to an increase in shower activity in the central Gulf Coast region.  Meanwhile, mostly dry weather has returned across southern Florida, following last week’s deluge.  Across the remainder of the region, very warm, humid weather favors fieldwork and a rapid pace of crop development.

In the West, cool, unsettled weather prevails in the northern Rockies and environs.  In fact, accumulating mountain snow is falling in some areas, with accumulations occurring at elevations as low as 4,000 to 6,000 feet.  Yesterday morning, June 16, daily-record lows were set in locations such as McCall, Idaho (28°F); Alturas, California (30°F); and 35°F in Yakima, Washington.  Hot weather prevails, however, in much of the Southwest, including the central and southern Rockies.

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