The Weather Front On-Line (June 2012)
A blistering heat wave (daytime highs reaching 100-110°) will prevail across the central and southern Plains, although cooler air has settled on northern areas.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather is maintaining concern for corn and soybeans in the central Mississippi and Ohio Valleys. Tuesday’s highs will average 4 to 8° below normal from Illinois into Ohio, reducing crop-water demands somewhat. Nevertheless, rain will be needed soon as more corn and soybeans enter reproduction.
Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather maintains concern for potential additional stress on vegetative to reproductive corn and soybeans in the central Mississippi and Ohio Valleys.
On the Plains, heat and dryness sustain rapid dry-down and harvesting of hard red winter wheat in southern production areas, as well as advanced development of sorghum and other summer row crops.
A cold front will bring relief from the heat as scattered showers and thunderstorms spread across the area ahead of it. While not all locations will receive rainfall, a few spots could pick up one quarter to one half an inch.
Across the rest of the Corn Belt, recent rains have aided in maintaining favorable growing conditions across the upper Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, thunderstorms continue to roll across northern areas, including the upper Mississippi Valley. However, hot, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. For the second day in a row, Tuesday’s high temperatures will approach 95° in the driest areas of the southern and eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are rumbling across the northern tier of Midwestern States. Farther south, weekend showers provided drought-stressed corn and soybeans with much-needed moisture, although soil moisture reserves remain limited across much of the southern and eastern Corn Belt.
On the Plains, cool weather is limited to portions of Montana and North Dakota.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails, except for some showers in the west.
Across the Corn Belt, warm weather in the upper Midwest contrasts with cool conditions across the eastern half of the region. Despite last week’s showers, additional rain is needed across the southern and eastern Corn Belt to prevent further declines in crop condition.