The Weather Front On-Line
On the Plains, cool weather prevails across the southern half of the region. Meanwhile, warmth is further expanding across the northern Plains. Dry weather throughout the nation’s mid-section is promoting fieldwork, including summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting.
On the Plains, clouds and isolated showers linger across Texas. Farther north, warm, dry weather is ideal for fieldwork, including summer crop harvesting and winter wheat planting. Late-season warmth is also hastening summer crop maturation and promoting winter wheat emergence. On Sep.
Across the Corn Belt, significant lowland flooding continues in parts of northeastern Iowa, southeastern Minnesota, and southwestern Wisconsin, where recent rainfall has totaled 6 to 10 inches or more in numerous communities. Currently, locally heavy showers persist in portions of Iowa and environs.
On the Plains, cool, showery weather is confined to areas along and near the Canadian border, from Montana into North Dakota. Farther south, warm, dry weather continues to promote summer crop maturation and harvesting, along with winter wheat planting.
Across the Corn Belt, very warm, mostly dry weather is promoting corn and soybean maturation and helping to dry out soggy fields. On September 18, more than half (53%) of the U.S. corn crop was fully mature, compared to the 5-year average of 48%. Nearly half (46%) of U.S. soybeans were dropping leaves, versus 43% on average.
On the Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms are slowing fieldwork but benefiting newly-planted winter wheat from the Dakotas southward to northern and western Texas. Meanwhile, warm, dry air is spreading across the northern High Plains.
On the Plains, a low-pressure system over the western Dakotas is helping to focus showers and thunderstorms that are slowing final spring wheat harvest efforts. Thundershowers also extend southward from the Dakotas to the southern High Plains, slowing fieldwork but benefiting newly planted winter wheat.
Across the Corn Belt, a strong cold front stretches from Michigan to Missouri, accompanied by showers and thunderstorms. Across the southeastern half of the Corn Belt, very warm, dry weather is promoting corn and soybean maturation.
On the Plains, cool weather covers the northern half of the region, accompanied by scattered showers. Meanwhile, late-season heat prevails in Oklahoma and Texas. Near the boundary between cool and hot air, heavy showers and thunderstorms are causing local flash flooding in south-central and southeastern Kansas.