Weekly temperatures averaged as much as 5°F below normal in Kansas and Oklahoma and were cool enough in the Upper Midwest to let corn and soybeans develop without heat stress.
By contrast, temperatures were 5°F or more above normal in parts of Washington and Oregon and in many places from the middle Atlantic States into New England.
Rain ranged from early-week downpours in southern Texas from remnants of Hurricane Hanna and heavier rains from the central Plains to Mid-Atlantic and near the Gulf Coast to mostly light precipitation from the northern Plains to the Northeast.
Enough rain fell in the Eastern Corn Belt to ease drought concerns, while extreme dryness persisted from northeastern Nebraska into central Iowa.
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