Hot, hot, hot!
How hot is it around the country?
Temperature records are being blown out of the water by triple-digit readings from the Rocky Mountains to the mid-South. Readings of 100 degrees or more have been common in many points in the middle 1/3 of the U.S. Here are just a few of the sweltering records, according to MDA EarthSat Weather Travis Hartman:
High temperatures in Denver, Colorado, have exceeded 100 degrees in the last 5 days, setting a record for the number of consecutive days over the century mark.
In St. Louis, Missouri, an expected high temperature of 107 degrees later this week would break that city's all-time high temperature for June.
Chicago, Illinois, hasn't seen 100 degrees in 24 years, but that mark's expected to be surpassed this week.
The temperature hasn't surged past 100 degrees in Atlanta, Georgia, for nearly 6 decades, but temperatures up to 103 are expected for later this week. The last time the mercury climbed that high in Atlanta was in June 1886.
The temperature is expected to surge to 104 degrees in Memphis, Tennessee, over the weekend, tying that city's all-time record high.
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On a day when the grain markets screamed higher & opened the door to major volatility, one editor hit the road to see how things look in southern Iowa & northern Missouri.
Think you're dry? Well, there are many northern & central Indiana farmers who are in the same boat. Here's a look at some fields one editor observed during a visit to northern & central Indiana.
How about South Dakota?
South Dakota is called the land of infinite variety, & for good reason. The 2012 growing season has so far shown great differences in soil moisture levels and crop conditions.