Thu Aug 1, 2013 02:21 PM CDT

Scattered thunderstorms were noted in the northwestern and north-central Plains Thursday, with severe weather bulletins in effect across central Nebraska and south-central South Dakota. The rest of the primary U.S. and Canadian Prairie crop regions were dry. Temperatures ranged from the low 60s in northeastern Minnesota to the upper 90s in central Texas.

On Friday, moderate to locally heavy rain is indicated for many dry areas of the Western Corn Belt. These rains will be very important for crop moisture. We'll also see light showers in the northwestern and south-central Plains, with a dry trend elsewhere. Conditions will remain hot ...

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