For the third consecutive week, drenching rains fell in parts of the East. In late July and early August, some of the heaviest rain (locally 4 inches or more) soaked the Southeast, leading to flash flooding, fieldwork delays, and crop-quality concerns.
Meanwhile, widely scattered showers dotted the Plains, Midwest, and mid-South, accompanied by a turn toward cooler weather. Weekly temperatures averaged at least 5°F below normal from the central Plains into the mid-South, as well as portions of the upper Great Lakes region.
Although growing conditions remained mostly favorable across the nation’s midsection, those areas experiencing drought—including a broad area stretching from the southern Plains into the southwestern Corn Belt— received insufficient rainfall to alleviate crop stress.
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