Scattered showers last week dotted the nation’s northern tier, from the upper Midwest into the Northeast.
For much of the country, however, dry weather favored summer crop maturation and harvesting, but reduced topsoil moisture for newly planted winter grains, according to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Some of the most significant short-term dryness, aggravated by late-season heat during the week ending Sept. 18, existed across the southern Plains.
Late in the week, precipitation began to overspread the Northwest, aiding wildfire containment efforts and providing limited drought relief.
Mostly dry weather continued, however, across the nation’s southwestern quadrant, including central and southern California.
Elsewhere, Hurricane Nicholas made landfall in Texas on the Matagorda Peninsula.
Nicholas, only briefly a hurricane, moved ashore around 12:30 am CDT on Sept. 14, with sustained winds near 75 mph.
The remnants of Nicholas continued to produce locally heavy showers for the remainder of the week, even after the circulation center decayed over Louisiana on Sept. 17.
For the full USDA report for Sept. 21, click click here.