The Weather Front On-Line (September 2012)
A pleasant, early fall weekend is in store for this last weekend of September.
A partly to mostly sunny sky is expected today, with nothing more than a remote chance for a passing sprinkle late tonight. Highs will range through the lower and mid-70s, with lows in the mid- to upper 40s.
As the month of September winds-down, rainfall amounts were significantly up for the month
Across the Corn Belt, cool, mostly dry weather prevails, although temperatures are starting to rebound across the upper Midwest. On Sunday morning, freezes ended the growing season throughout the upper Midwest as far south as Iowa. Monday morning, widespread frost was noted in the Midwest, with pockets of sub-32° readings occurring as far south as eastern Iowa and northern Illinois.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, drier weather has settled over the region in the wake of recent beneficial rainfall.
Over the past week, cooler temperatures and the lack of rain for most of the state provided an opportunity at field work, especially harvest operations.
Corn harvest continued to progress with 36 percent of the crop now being harvested.
Across the Corn Belt, a cold front is triggering widely scattered showers across the upper Midwest. In advance of the front, a surge of moisture is resulting in the development of a few showers in the Ohio Valley.
On the Plains, isolated showers are confined to the northern half of the region.
Across the Corn Belt, showers are developing across the upper Midwest, where more than three-quarters of the pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition on September 9 in Nebraska (97% very poor to poor), Iowa (77%), and South Dakota (76%). The rain is causing only minor fieldwork delays.
On the Plains, cool weather is returning to northern areas.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a warming trend. In the eastern Corn Belt, pastures continue to benefit from recent soil moisture improvements. Meanwhile, crops are maturing rapidly, with corn harvest underway in all Midwestern States except Wisconsin.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of recent rainfall. Drought-easing rainfall was heaviest across central and southern Indiana, where late-week and weekend precipitation totaled 4 inches or more in many locations.