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Most of the Midwest experienced several days without rain, allowing corn planting to near completion. In fact, parts of the central and eastern Corn Belt were dry all week, promoting a rapid pace of soybean planting. However, cool weather and pesky showers maintained a slow pace of fieldwork in parts of the Upper Midwest, where weekly temperatures generally averaged 5-10° F below normal.
Cool, showery weather also lingered across the northern Plains, where producers struggled to plant remaining spring wheat acreage. Farther south, showers hampered the early stages of the winter wheat harvest on the southern Plains. However, the rain also provided much-needed moisture for drought-stressed rangeland, pastures and emerging summer crops on the southern High Plains.
Elsewhere, mostly dry weather accompanied record-setting heat in the West. Weekly temperatures averaged at least 10°F above normal in much of California and neighboring areas, while readings above 110°F were noted as far north as California’s Sacramento Valley.
Tropical Storm Andrea’s interaction with a cold front led to heavy rain in the East, with 4 in. or more falling in portions of the Atlantic Coast States from Florida to Massachusetts. Andrea made landfall during the late afternoon of June 6 in Dixie County, FL, with maximum sustained winds near 65 mph. Most of Andrea’s impacts were related to heavy rain, although weakening and acceleration after landfall helped to limit flooding.