The heat the United States experienced in the past week promoted crop development but also brought on the need for irrigation and reduced the moisture available for some rain-fed crops.
Despite the heat, a few areas—primarily in the mid-South and the middle Ohio Valley— generally benefited from locally heavy showers.
Weekly temperatures averaged at least 10°F above normal across parts of the northern and central Plains, and from the
western Corn Belt into the Mid-Atlantic States. Only
Florida’s peninsula, northern New England, and California reported slightly below normal temperatures.