Across the southern half of the country, mostly dry
weather accompanied substantially above-normal
Weekly temperatures averaged at least 10°F above
normal from the Four Corners States into the lower
Ohio Valley, and locally averaged more than 15°F above
normal on the southern High Plains. Meanwhile, warm,
mostly dry weather favored Southeastern fieldwork and crop
In contrast, frequent showers covered the northern half
of the U.S., especially from the northern Rockies to the northern Mid-Atlantic States. Weekly rainfall totaled 1 to 3 inches or more in a strip across the northern Corn Belt, curtailing fieldwork and causing local flooding.
In the southern Corn Belt, however, conditions were sufficiently warm and dry to promote planting activities and summer crop emergence and growth. Late in the week, cool air settled across the nation’s northern tier, resulting in freezes from North Dakota to northern New England.