Temperatures averaging at least 5°F above normal in many places last week continued to intensify drought from the Pacific Coast to the High Plains, while heavy showers covered the southeastern Plains and extended eastward across the Tennessee Valley into the middle Atlantic States.
Other regions receiving some heavy rainfall for the week ending Sept. 5 included Florida's peninsula and the upper Midwest, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin.
Even so, western Iowa and some of the Corn Belt's other driest areas got little or no relief.
Cooler-than-normal conditions (temperatures as much as 5°F below normal) were mostly confined to the upper Midwest.
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