My colleague Joel Burgio diligently tracks rainfall totals for major crop areas in the U.S., Canada and South America. His latest tally on rain in Brazil has a dramatic difference from north to south. Rio Grande do Sul in the far south has well above normal rainfall--in fact, too much in some parts of that state. But in contrast, Mato Grosso has had some huge departures from normal on the dry side.
Here's the tally from August 1 through October 14. Amounts displayed in inches:
Goiania 1.83 Normal 4.08 55 pct below normal
Catalao 1.76 Normal 4.16 58 pct ...