The Weather Front On-Line (December 2012)
Across the Corn Belt, chilly conditions linger in the Great Lakes region. Elsewhere in the Midwest, mild, dry weather favors final harvest efforts and off-season fieldwork activities.
On the Plains, mild, dry weather is maintaining significant stress on pastures, rangeland, and winter wheat.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a slow warming trend. Still, Wednesday morning’s temperatures fell below 25° throughout the Corn Belt, with a few readings near 10°F in the upper Midwest. There are still a few fields left to harvest in the eastern Corn Belt; by November 25, the corn harvest was 97% complete (versus the 5-year average of 89%) in Michigan and 95% complete (vs.
Across the Corn Belt, light snow is ending across the Ohio Valley. Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest, where producers have largely completed harvest activities.
On the Plains, bitterly cold weather lingers along the Canadian border. Farther south, however, warmth is quickly returning to the central High Plains.
Across the Corn Belt, snow squalls cover the upper Great Lakes region, while rain showers are exiting eastern portions of the region. Much of the western Corn Belt remains mired in drought. On November 18, for example, topsoil moisture was rated 95% very short to short in Nebraska and 66% in Iowa.
Across the Corn Belt, light rain showers are crossing the Mississippi and lower Missouri Valleys. Meanwhile, mild, dry weather in the eastern Corn Belt is promoting late-season harvest efforts.
On the Plains, dry, unusually warm weather is maintaining stress on hard red winter wheat.
Expansive high pressure will help provide sunny skies and seasonal temperatures across central and east-central Illinois for the next few days.
Across the rest of the Corn Belt, dry weather—accompanied by a gradual warming trend—favors late-season fieldwork.
Chilly weather continues today. The mercury will continue almost 30 degrees lower compared to the weekend, with afternoon highs in the lower 40s. Another hard freeze is likely tonight, with overnight lows in the mid-20s.
Across the Corn Belt, mild air is overspreading westernmost areas, including the middle Missouri Valley.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather across the majority of the region favors late-season fieldwork. However, rain showers associated with a developing storm are spreading across the southwestern Corn Belt, including the middle Mississippi and lower Missouri Valleys.
On the Plains, cool conditions linger across eastern portions of Kansas, Nebraska, and the Dakotas.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, breezy conditions across much of the region contrast with mild weather south and west of the Missouri River. Corn and soybean harvest efforts are nearing completion, except in the eastern Corn Belt.
On the Plains, dry weather accompanies record-setting warmth across the southern half of the region, where Friday high temperatures will again approach 90°.