U.S. Breaks 1,853 Heat Records this Week. Topsy-Turvy Forecast for Father's Day Weekend


By Rhonda Brooks, AgWeb 

June 17, 2022


The U.S. Drought Monitor map tells an updated story every Thursday about the haves and the have nots – those farmers who have adequate moisture to fuel crops and those who don’t. This week, more Corn Belt farmers found their fields moving into the latter category.


USDA meteorologist Brad Rippey says the intense ridge of high pressure that’s contributed to increased heat and less moisture in the past week is starting to affect more regions. Until now, those conditions have prevailed mainly in states in the West and Southwest.


“There are some parts of the country that are perhaps heading toward a flash drought, including some areas in the Corn Belt that to this point have not had any drought yet this season,” Rippey says. “You're not going to see this drought on the map initially – it's just going to be painted yellow with that abnormal dryness.”


Yellow pockets of color, indicating dry soil, are showing up in central and northern Illinois, southeast Iowa, southern Minnesota, southern Wisconsin, southeast Missouri and a handful of counties in southern Indiana.


However, this week’s Monitor does show some localized moisture improvements in the U.S., including just east of the Rockies and also in parts of the Southeast, notes Matt Yarosewick, AgDay meteorologist.


“It’s extremely damp still in southern Florida and across parts of the Mississippi River Valley, even up into the Ohio Valley, as well,” Yarosewick says.


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