Warmer & more humid across much of the Heartland; scattered rains centered on the Plains

Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are occurring in advance of an approaching cold front, mainly from the Mississippi Valley westward.  Producers continue to plant summer crops between rain events, with only 9% of the nation’s intended corn acreage and 22% of the soybeans left to plant by June 2.

On the Plains, scattered showers are occurring in the vicinity of a cold front.  In Montana, windy weather trails the front, with gusts of 60 to 80 mph possible Tuesday in some areas.  Despite recent rain, topsoil moisture was rated 47% very short to short on June 2 in Montana, along with 33% in Colorado and Texas.

In the South, warm, mostly dry weather generally favors fieldwork and crop development.  However, showers and thunderstorms are starting to overspread the mid-South.  Additionally, conditions range from developing dryness in the Atlantic Coast States to patchy wetness farther west.  On June 2, for example, statewide topsoil moisture was rated 59% very short to short in South Carolina, along with 40% in Florida, while topsoil moisture was rated more than 40% surplus in Kentucky and Louisiana.

In the West, cool weather is confined to the northern tier of the region.  Windy weather and rain showers accompany the lingering cool spell, especially west of the Cascades.  In contrast, building heat prevails from California into the Southwest.  The hot weather is helping to melt any remaining mountain snowpack and promoting crop development.

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