Category 2 Hurricane Sally may have flooded southern Alabama and western Florida and drenched everything between there and southern Virginia for the week ending Sept. 19, but entrenched areas of drought in the western United States experienced little or no change.
According to the latest Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin issued by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, temperatures averaged 5 to 10°F above normal in portions of the Great Basin and Intermountain West, and wildfires continued to threaten communities and reduce air quality.
Elsewhere, dry weather promoted summer crop maturation, and harvesting and producers planted winter wheat at a fast clip.
Temperatures averaged as much as 5 to 10°F below normal from the Midwest into the middle and northern Atlantic States, but growing season-ending freezes were largely limited to areas north of primary corn and soybean production regions.
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