The Weather Front On-Line (May 2011)
Across the Corn Belt, showers associated with a cold front are affecting some areas west of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile in the eastern Corn Belt, very warm, dry weather is allowing producers to proceed with corn and soybean planting activities that have been frequently delayed by cool, soggy conditions.
Across the Corn Belt, dry but very cool weather covers the upper Midwest. Frost was noted in the Red River Valley, where Grand Forks, North Dakota, reported a low temperature of 30°F. Meanwhile, rain and soggy fields continue to delay planting activities across the central and eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather favors a limited return to corn and soybean planting in the upper Midwest, although cool conditions are limiting evaporation from still-soggy fields. Meanwhile, unfavorably showery weather prevails in the Ohio Valley.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, drier air is arriving across the upper Midwest, following weekend thunderstorms. Unsettled, showery weather prevails, however, in the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region, bringing renewed disruptions to corn and soybean planting operations.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are overspreading areas west of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile, sunny weather is finally returning to the eastern Corn Belt, where corn and soybean planting operations remain substantially behind schedule.
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather and pesky clouds and showers linger from Wisconsin and Illinois eastward. Meanwhile, planting activities continue in the western Corn Belt, although rain showers are edging into eastern Nebraska.
A weather system centered over Nebraska will drift eastward, reaching the Mid-Atlantic region during the weekend. Widespread showers associated with the storm will affect the eastern half of the U.S., with 1- to 3-inch rainfall totals expected in most areas. Very cool weather will follow in the storm’s wake.
A weak disturbance will bring a chance of thunderstorms Saturday. Another round of thunderstorms is possible Sunday Night. Portions of the Illinois, Wabash, Little Wabash and Embarras Rivers will remain above flood stage through the weekend.