Widespread showers and thunderstorms last week over much of the central and eastern United States came at a key time for reproductive development and grain filling crops, according to the United States Department of Agriculture's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin July 28.
Some parts of southeastern Texas, meanwhile, were drenched by more than 10 inches of rain with landfall of Hurricane Hanna July 25.
Relief for drought-affected areas of the West was pretty much restricted to portions of Utah, Arizona, Colorado and New Mexico.
Average temperatures were mostly near normal across the western two-thirds of the country, but intense heat dominated the middle and northern Atlantic States.
For the complete USDA report, click here.