Many areas of the Midwest received little or no rain the last seven days of July, but there were notable exceptions.
According to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, locally severe thunderstorms swept southward from the upper Great Lakes region July 28-29, then heavy rain fell July 30-31 in parts of the southwestern Corn Belt.
Farther west, streaks of heavy showers interrupted an otherwise dry pattern across the Plains for the week ending July 24.
However, minimal rain fell in the hardest-hit drought areas of Montana and North Dakota, allowing for rapid harvesting of drought-damaged small grains like as barley and spring wheat.
Elsewhere, the drought-affected northern Rockies and Pacific Coast States also remained dry, while abundant, monsoon-related showers
across the remainder of the western United States boosted topsoil moisture, curbed the wildfire threat, and provided some drought
Pockets of heavy rain also dotted the Southeast, including Florida, the Tennessee Valley, and the middle Atlantic coastal plain, and another area of significant rain affected the Northeast.
For the full USDA report for Aug. 3, click here.