Parts of the northern Plains received much-needed precipitation (rain and wet snow) for the week ending May 8.
Weekly totals topped an inch at several locations in Montana, southwestern North Dakota, and northern South Dakota, according to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
However, mostly dry weather persisted across the northeastern one-half of North Dakota, extending eastward to Lake Superior.
Mostly dry weather also prevailed west of the Rockies, aside from a few showers in the Pacific Northwest.
By contrast, widespread rain fell across the eastern half of the country.
Precipitation was heaviest from the central and eastern Corn Belt southward to the central Gulf Coast; weekly totals of 2 to 4 inches or more were common throughout this region.
Especially in areas where soils were already wet, the latest round of rain caused lowland flooding and fieldwork delays.
For the full USDA report for May 11, click here.