Temperatures rebounding across the Heartland; largely dry in many to most areas

Across the Corn Belt, seasonally cool, dry weather accompanies some lingering cloudiness far east and a few showers in the upper Mississippi Valley.  Despite below-normal temperatures, producers are taking advantage of the dry weather to plant any remaining corn and soybean acreage, as field conditions permit.

On the Plains, showers are occurring in parts of Texas, as well as Montana and the Dakotas.  Meanwhile, dry weather prevails across the central Plains.  Recent and ongoing rainfall has provided relief in some of the region’s remaining drought-affected areas, although some of that precipitation arrived too late to benefit winter wheat.  In Dodge City, Kansas, the June 1-9 rainfall total of 5.69 inches boosted the year-to-date sum to 9.21 inches (108% of normal).

In the South, lingering hot weather and high humidity levels along and near the Gulf Coast contrast with cooler conditions farther north.  Scattered showers are occurring near the boundary between hot and cool air, extending westward from the Carolinas.  Meanwhile, Florida’s peninsula is bracing for the likelihood of a quick transition from a hot, dry spring to the sudden onset—expected this week—of the 2024 summer wet season.

In the West, significant precipitation is limited to parts of New Mexico.  Elsewhere, hot, dry weather prevails, although temperatures are not as high as those observed in recent days.  Southwestern heat mostly peaked on June 6 with high temperatures reaching 122°F in Death Valley, California; 113°F in Phoenix, Arizona; and 111°F in Las Vegas, Nevada, all of which were records for the date.

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