The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Largely dry, cool pattern to continue

Across the Corn Belt, light rain across the upper Midwest in advance of a cold front is causing some renewed fieldwork delays. On October 14, the soybean harvest was at least 30 percentage points behind the respective state 5-year averages in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas.

Cool, generally dry Corn Belt pattern continues

Across the Corn Belt, cool but favorably dry weather prevails, except for some snow showers in the upper Great Lakes region. Still, many upper Midwestern fields are saturated and may not be able to support harvest equipment until soils freeze. On October 14, topsoil moisture was rated 60% surplus in Iowa and 42% surplus in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

A cool, but largely dry Midwest weather pattern

Across the Corn Belt, Freeze Warnings were in effect early Tuesday as far south as Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio, fully ending the Midwestern growing season.

Despite chill, gradually drier pattern gets underway

Across the Corn Belt, Freeze Warnings were in effect early Friday across northern corn and soybean production areas as far east as Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Summer crops in the freeze-affected region are largely mature, but the cool weather is contributing to a slow return to fieldwork due to low evaporation rates.

Drier, but much cooler, colder weather ahead

Across the Corn Belt, a strong cold front crossing the Mississippi Valley is producing widespread showers. Cool air covers the western Corn Belt, while lingering warmth prevails in the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Lowland flooding continues along several rivers from northern Missouri to southern Wisconsin.

A very active pattern across the Nation

Across the Corn Belt, locally moderate to major flooding of creeks and rivers is occurring from northern Missouri into southern Wisconsin, following a multi-day rain event. Currently, cool, rainy weather persists in the upper Midwest, while warm, dry weather is allowing for some corn and soybean harvesting in the eastern Corn Belt.

Excessively wet pattern for parts of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, warmth lingers across southernmost corn and soybean production areas, including the lower Ohio Valley. Cool air covers the remainder of the Corn Belt, while widespread showers are halting harvest activities in the upper Mississippi Valley and the upper Great Lakes region. Some wet snow is falling in northern Minnesota and eastern North Dakota.

Very wet pattern ahead for much of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, fieldwork disruptions continue across the upper Midwest, where showers and thunderstorms precede a cold front. Meanwhile, producers across the southern and eastern Corn Belt are harvesting corn and soybeans, as field conditions permit, amid pockets of lingering wetness in the Ohio Valley and environs.

Unseasonal warmth to accompany wetter days

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather generally favors corn and soybean maturation and harvesting. However, warm weather in the southern Corn Belt contrasts with cool conditions in the Great Lakes region and the upper Midwest. The cool weather is slowing evaporation rates and limiting fieldwork in areas that received heavy September rainfall.