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USDA weather recap: Showers across the Midwest slow planting, benefit crops

Significant rain overspread the Great Lakes region, including Wisconsin and Michigan. Rain also extended eastward through northern New England, but was much lighter in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic states. In much of the Midwest, occasional showers slowed soybean and late-season corn planting efforts, but benefited pastures and already emerged crops.

A final week of drenching rainfall inundated the southeastern Plains, Midsouth and western Gulf Coast region, culminating in widespread flash flooding and subsequent river flooding. On the central and southern Plains, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms continued to threaten the quality of maturing winter wheat.

As the week progressed, showers began to shift into previously dry areas of the Southeast, although dry conditions persisted along the Atlantic Coast.

Showers also dotted the northern sections of the Plains and Rockies, but dry weather prevailed from the  Pacific Coast into the Southwest. In addition, temperatures remained elevated (as much as 10°F above normal) in the Northwest and gradually rebounded to near- to above-normal levels across the remainder of the western U.S.

Chilly conditions (up to 5°F below normal) lingered on the Plains, but warm weather dominated areas from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast. Weekly temperatures averaged at least 10°F above normal in many Northeastern locations.

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