The Weather Front On-Line (August 2011)
Across the Corn Belt, mild weather prevails, following an unfavorably hot period during July and early August. Rain is overspreading the western Corn Belt, helping to stabilize corn and soybean yield potential.
Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting corn and soybean development, although pockets of developing drought exist. One of the driest parts of the Midwest stretches from southern Iowa into central Indiana.
Across the Corn Belt, a cold front has exited southern and eastern portions of the region. In the front’s wake, cooler, drier air is overspreading the Midwest. Indianapolis, Indiana, which experienced a record-dry July, will probably see its record-setting, 23-day (July 17 – August 8) streak of 90-degree readings end Tuesday.
Across the Corn Belt, beneficial showers and thunderstorms are overspreading areas west of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile, unfavorably hot weather persists across the southern tier of the region, including the Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys.
During the next 5 days, excessively hot and oppressively humid conditions will persist across the south-central and southeastern U.S., while progressively cooler and less humid air will overspread the central Plains and the Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, a surge of heat is bringing renewed stress to corn and soybeans, especially in areas that have been trending dry in recent weeks. Meanwhile, thunderstorms are crossing the far upper Midwest, including the eastern Dakotas and central Minnesota.