The heat in the pacific northwest has garnered a lot of attention and for good reason. I think the easiest way to describe it would be to say it is similar to what happened in the northern plain during the summer of 1936. Back then we didn’t have upper level data like we do now, but I have always figured we had a blocking ridge of high pressure aloft in 1936, as is the case in the pacific northwest in the past several days. That ridge will move east and weaken a bit and end up influencing the northern plains this weekend into next week. In turn, our cooler and somewhat wetter pattern will end, potentially putting the crops under high stress levels once again.