The Weather Front On-Line (May 2012)
Across the Corn Belt, a cold front is edging across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region, producing beneficial showers and thunderstorms. In recent weeks, dryness has become a concern in much of the central and eastern Corn Belt.
On the Plains, hot weather lingers across southern portions of the region.
Across the Corn Belt, a band of showers and thunderstorms stretches southwestward from Lake Superior. Rain is benefiting emerged summer crops across the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, very warm, dry weather favors soybean planting across the southern and eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather favors soybean planting and crop development, although pockets of unfavorable dryness exist.
On the Plains, during the 2-week period ending May 20, the portion of the Kansas wheat crop rated very poor to poor increased from 11 to 22%.
In the lower Mississippi Valley, drought is developing.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered, generally beneficial showers are occurring in the vicinity of a cold front stretching southward from Michigan. The front separates warm, humid air in the eastern-most Corn Belt from slightly cooler, dry weather in the western Corn Belt.
On the Plains, lingering showers and thunderstorms are confined to portions of Oklahoma and northern Texas.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are confined to the upper Midwest region. Across the heart of the Midwest, warm, dry weather favors soybean and final corn planting efforts, as well as rapid development of summer crops and soft red winter wheat.
Across the Corn Belt, dry, warmer conditions favor soybean and late-season corn planting. Emerged summer crops continue to benefit from soil moisture improvements associated with early-May rainfall.
On the Plains, warm, dry weather across the northern half of the region favors rapid development of winter and spring wheat.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails, although warmer air is beginning to overspread the upper Midwest. Planting operations, which had been slowed by early-May rainfall, are underway again in some areas.