The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Beneficial rains ahead for parts of the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, showers are overspreading drought-affected areas in Missouri and environs. The rain is largely too late for corn but should benefit pastures and later-developing summer crops such as soybeans. On August 12, Missouri led the country in corn (45%) and soybeans (37%) rated in very poor to poor condition.

A seasonal weather pattern covers the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, lingering showers are confined to the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Dry weather has returned to the southwestern Corn Belt, following early-week showers that provided some limited drought relief. Most of the remainder of the Midwest continues to experience mostly favorable growing conditions for summer crops, with only one-tenth of U.S.

Favorable conditions across much of the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms are occurring along and northwest of a line from Michigan to Kansas. The rain is maintaining generally favorable growing conditions for Midwestern corn and soybeans, although pockets of drought persist in the southwestern Corn Belt.

Seasonal warmth, heat returns to the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies a gradual warming trend. Significant soil moisture shortages persist in the southwestern Corn Belt broadly centered on Missouri, as well as parts of Michigan and environs. However, growing conditions for corn and soybeans remain favorable across the majority of the Midwest, as evidenced by more than two-thirds of the U.S.

Temperatures on the cool-side for mid-Summer

Across the Corn Belt, below-normal temperatures prevail in the wake of a cold front’s passage. The cool weather continues to benefit reproductive to filling corn and soybeans, although pockets of drought linger primarily across the southwestern Corn Belt.

A comfortable, mid-Summer pattern ahead

Across the Corn Belt, near- or below-normal temperatures favor reproductive to filling summer crops. Showers, in the vicinity of a cold front, are confined to the upper Midwest. On July 22, Missouri led the Midwest with topsoil moisture rated 77% very short to short, followed by Michigan at 68%.

Pleasant mid-Summer days ahead

Across the Corn Belt, showers are confined to easternmost corn and soybean production areas. Across the remainder of the Midwest, mild, dry weather favors rapid crop development. Nearly two-thirds (64%) of the U.S. corn crop entered the silking stage of development during the 3-week period ending July 22.

Cool mid-Summer days ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies near- or below-normal temperatures. In the last several weeks, spotty dryness has adversely affected some pastures and summer crops in primarily the northeastern and southwestern Corn Belt (e.g. Michigan and Missouri, respectively), while abundant rainfall has occurred across the upper Midwest.

A cool Summertime pattern for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, cool, showery weather prevails across the upper Midwest. Showers are also sweeping across the eastern Complex, where severe thunderstorms may develop later Friday.