El Nino is not to blame for the consistent dryness, according to a USDA Meteorologist
It is not just smoke from the Canadian wildfires having an impact on the United States. Brad Rippey, USDA’s Chief Meteorologist says another problem up North is causing dry fields across the country.
“Extremely stubborn atmospheric block of high pressure situated across North Canada, and that effectively keeps cold fronts from reaching the Midwest or the Northwest. It keeps tropical moisture from working its way up from the South, and it serves as almost a complete block or rainfall reaching some of the nation’s key agricultural areas, and until that block breaks down, we will not see appreciable rain.”
Rippey says he does not expect that block to break down for another month or two.