The Start of August
Early August is off to a quiet start across the USA. Temperatures are not far from average over most of nation and precipitation will fall in many areas. As of the end of July, the USDA Drought Monitor showed a remarkable lack of any significant drought over the lower 48 states.
As you can see in the graphic below, only parts of Washington, Oregon and Alaska have some areas of drought. A few dry areas (yellow) are showing up in portions of the Corn Belt, however, no extensive areas of drought are anywhere to be found.
Over the next week to ten days, it will be turning cooler in the Northern Plains, Corn Belt and Northeast while continued hot conditions will develop in the Southern Plains from Arizona to Texas to the Gulf Coast.
The hottest areas will be in Texas to Florida and hot in portions of the Pacific Northwest.