The Weather Front On-Line (April 2012)

The Weather Front On-Line (April 2012)

A wet and active pattern ahead for the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, Freeze Warnings were in effect again Monday morning. A high-pressure system currently centered over Illinois and Indiana has resulted in clear, cool, near calm conditions across much of the Midwest.

Colder air on the move

Across the Corn Belt, cool air is surging across the upper Midwest, where this Monday morning’s temperatures dipped below 32°. Mild weather prevails across the remainder of the region, while isolated showers are confined to parts of Indiana and Ohio.

On the Plains, cold air is settled across Montana and the Dakotas, where Monday morning’s temperatures locally fell below 20°.

Mild weather allows early-season corn planting

Across the Corn Belt, a few showers and thunderstorms are crossing the Great Lakes States. Elsewhere in the Midwest, very warm weather is promoting rapid winter wheat development and early-season corn planting.

On the Plains, scattered showers and thunderstorms cover the southern half of the region. A few of the thunderstorms are producing gusty winds and large hail.

A big-range of temperatures across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, lingering cool conditions over the lower Great Lakes region contrast with record-setting warmth across southern and western portions of the region.