The Weather Front On-Line (December 2011)

The Weather Front On-Line (December 2011)

A virtually snowless Winter, thus far

Snow has been hard to come by so far this winter.  No reporting sites in central Illinois have reported an inch or more of snowfall through Christmas.  This is in stark contrast to recent Decembers which started-off as active snow seasons.  Precipitation has actually been above normal for the past several weeks, but mild air masses have allowed almost everything to fall in liquid

A mild pattern continues, but big changes are ahead

Across the Corn Belt, a few rain and snow showers dot the Great Lakes region, while mild, dry weather prevails elsewhere. The warmest weather, relative to normal, continues across the western Corn Belt, where drought is gradually expanding and intensifying.

On the Plains, mild air continues to expand across the region.

No "White Christmas" for most across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, slightly cooler air is overspreading eastern portions of the region, where final corn harvest efforts remain largely on hold. In contrast, mild, dry conditions persist in the upper Midwest, where many communities are experiencing a rare holiday season without any snow on the ground.

On the Plains, dry weather prevails.

Rain, some wet snow lingers in parts of the eastern Corn Belt

In the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather in the upper Midwest contrasts with rainy weather across eastern portions of the region. Final corn harvesting efforts remain on hold in Ohio and a few neighboring areas.

On the Plains, dry weather prevails, except for some snow showers across northern areas.

Precipitation developing on the central & southern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, most autumn fieldwork is complete, except for some remaining corn to harvest across eastern portions of the region. In Ohio and neighboring states, however, corn will have to remain standing in the field until soils fully freeze.

On the Plains, drought-easing rains are returning to southern parts of the region.

Fair weather across most of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near-normal temperatures prevail. Eastern Corn Belt producers with corn left in the field continue to wait for saturated soils to freeze before proceeding with harvest.

On the Plains, chilly conditions across southern areas contrast with mild, dry weather farther north.

More wet, mild weather for the Midwest

On the Plains, a few light rain showers are developing across the southern half of the region. Recent and ongoing precipitation has benefited the southern Plains’ winter wheat and has begun to revive drought devastated pastures and rangeland.

Across the Corn Belt, rain is quickly overspreading the mid-Mississippi and lower Ohio Valleys.

Milder weather returning to the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, patches of light rain are developing in the Mississippi Valley. Mild, dry weather prevails elsewhere in the Midwest. In Ohio and neighboring areas, soggy fields continue to delay late-season corn harvest efforts, with many producers waiting for fields to freeze.

On the Plains, winter wheat continues to ease into dormancy under a cool, dry weather regime.

Cold, dry weather returns to most of the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, snow showers are mostly confined to the Great Lakes region. Cold, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. However, fields have not yet frozen in the waterlogged eastern Corn Belt, largely preventing a return to corn harvesting and other late-season fieldwork.

On the Plains, mild air is overspreading Montana, but chilly conditions persist elsewhere.