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A big chill

Heaviest Midwest rainfall since Fri. occurred through the early weekend from parts of eastern MO into the southern halves of IL, IN, and OH, where some amounts of over an inch occurred. Farther north in the central and eastern Midwest amounts were lighter. The eastern Midwest, where some planting likely remains to be done had dry weather yesterday and will be dry in most locations today into Tuesday, hopefully allowing late planting to finish up in those areas.

After last week's hot weather, cooler temps spread slowly southward Fri. into the weekend eventually cooling below normal in much of the Midwest. An active pattern is forecast in the Midwest with good chances for rain & t- storms in the west through early Wed., and rain returning to the east Tue. night into Thur.

More rain will likely develop in the west later in the week and spread eastward into the weekend. In the near term moderate temps are forecast this week in the Midwest with highs no higher than the 70's/80's at the warmest, and some 60's are likely at times in the north. Highs will warm back into at least the lower 90's for a few days in the southern Midwest, but cooler weather will arrive later next week.

Overall it looks like a moderate temp pattern and fairly regular rainfall in the Midwest into late June. Areas were summer row crops will feel weather related stress in the near term will continue to be the Southern Plains and parts of the Delta and southern parts of the Southeast, with frequent highs in the 90's/low 100's. Parts of s. KS & OK had significant rainfall over the weekend, as did parts of the northern Delta.

Chances for t-storms this week will occur from the northern 1/2 of KS into the far Delta, northern AL, northern and eastern GA, and the Carolinas. South and southwest of these areas rainfall will be more spotty and temps hotter on a consistent basis.

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