The Weather Front On-Line (May 2012)

Beneficial rains ahead for much of the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, much cooler air is arriving. Wednesday morning’s temperatures fell to 40° or slightly below in parts of the far upper Midwest.


More rain ahead for parts of the Corn Belt

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.


An early-season Heat Wave ahead for the Midwest

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.


Dry weather continues, locally...

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.


Cooler, drier air settles into the Corn Belt

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.


More summer-like weather across the Midwest

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.


Dry, warmer conditions throughout much of the Corn Belt

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.


Summer crops benefitting from recent rains

Across the Corn Belt, planting operations, which had been slowed by early-May rainfall, are underway again in some areas.


Mild, dry weather continues in the Midwest

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.


A drier pattern ahead for the eastern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cooler weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. A few showers linger across the eastern Corn Belt, including parts of Ohio.


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