The Weather Front On-Line (August 2011)

Recent rains bypass driest areas of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, beneficial showers are ending across eastern portions of the region. Recent and ongoing Midwestern rainfall is benefiting pastures and filling summer crops, but largely bypassed some of the driest areas of the southern Corn Belt.


Beneficial rains across parts of the Western Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms west of the Mississippi River are providing beneficial moisture for filling corn and soybeans. Pockets of drought persist, however, across the southern and eastern Corn Belt.


Favorable late-Summer pattern across much of the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, pockets of dryness continue to stress some Midwestern summer crops. In areas with adequate soil moisture reserves, corn and soybeans are filling under favorably warm, dry conditions.


Dry areas still persist across parts of the central Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, unfavorable dryness persists in some other parts of the Midwest, particularly from southeastern Iowa into central Indiana.

On the Plains, small grain harvest activities are advancing on the northern Plains, but historically dry conditions persist in much of the south-central U.S.


"Irene" to threaten the southern mid-Atlantic region

Across the Corn Belt, thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front are crossing the upper Mississippi Valley, causing local wind damage but providing beneficial moisture for corn and soybeans. Unfavorable dryness persists in some other parts of the Midwest, particularly from southeastern Iowa into central Indiana.


Dry regions a concern over parts of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a few showers and thunderstorms are confined to areas west of the Mississippi River. Across the eastern Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to slightly below-normal temperatures favor summer crop development. However, dryness remains a concern in some areas, including a strip from southeastern Iowa into central Indiana.


Seasonal, late-Summer pattern across much of the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms this morning in Illinois and Missouri are providing moisture for reproductive to filling summer crops. Elsewhere, generally sunny skies and seasonable temperatures favor corn and soybean development.


Typical late-Summer pattern across much of the Nation

Across the Corn Belt, scattered, mostly light showers are developing in western and northern growing areas, favoring reproductive summer crops. Sunny skies and seasonable temperatures prevail in the Ohio Valley.


A quiet pattern across much of the Nation

Across the Corn Belt, scattered, mostly light showers linger in Iowa and Missouri. Recent rain has mostly bypassed Illinois, where short-term dryness is a concern for reproductive corn. Sunny skies are benefiting corn and soybeans development in the Ohio Valley.


A range of soil moisture levels across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, locally heavy showers in Iowa and Missouri are providing beneficial moisture for reproductive corn. Pockets of unfavorable dryness persist in Illinois, while sunny skies are benefiting corn and soybeans in the Ohio Valley in the wake of recent moderate to heavy rainfall.


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