Weather remains in a broad range from north to south across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, locally heavy showers north of a stationary front are sweeping across South Dakota, Minnesota, and northern portions of Nebraska and Iowa.  In contrast, the heat wave continues south of the front from the middle Mississippi Valley into the Ohio and Tennessee River Valleys, where Friday’s highs in the middle 90s (°F) will exacerbate soil moisture losses.  Topsoil moisture was rated 47 percent short to very short in Ohio as of June 16.

On the Plains, cooler-than-normal weather prevails over most areas save for lingering warmth in central portions of the region.  Showers continue along and north of a stationary front, with the heaviest rain falling on the central High Plains.  Meanwhile dry weather is promoting winter wheat harvesting and other seasonal fieldwork from Nebraska into Texas.  

In the South, drier weather is returning to southern Texas following Thursday’s locally heavy showers associated with Tropical Storm Alberto’s landfall in Mexico.  Meanwhile, a weak and disorganized tropical disturbance east of Florida is being monitored for development as it approaches the Florida-Georgia Coast.  Otherwise, dry weather is promoting fieldwork but also increasing drought concerns from the Carolinas into the northern Delta.

In the West, dry and hot weather is promoting seasonal fieldwork across the Pacific Coast States.  Meanwhile, monsoon showers have pushed into the central Rockies while moisture associated with the remnants of Tropical Storm Alberto are fueling showers in the lower Four Corners Region.     

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