The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A showery pattern to accompany milder to warmer days

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather and wet soils continue to limit fieldwork. On March 31, topsoil moisture was rated at least 40% surplus in the Midwest, topped by Iowa and Ohio at 62% surplus. In addition, significant lowland flooding persists along the James, Big Sioux, Minnesota, and Mississippi Rivers.

Short-term drying early next week across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather across the upper Midwest is slowing the snowmelt rate, although moderate to major lowland flooding continues along several rivers. Meanwhile, rain is falling across portions of the western and southern Corn Belt. Producers in the western Corn Belt are monitoring the progress of an approaching storm system with regard to flood-recovery efforts.

Precipitation again expands across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, light rain showers stretch from the lower Great Lakes region into the middle Mississippi Valley. Mild, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. However, upper Midwestern warmth is melting snow and resulting in elevated river levels. Currently, the most extensive area of lowland flooding is occurring across eastern South Dakota and southern Minnesota.

Wetter, cooler weather ahead for the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a warming trend. Chilly conditions linger across the eastern Corn Belt, but mild air is overspreading the upper Midwest. The Missouri River crest is approaching Glasgow, Missouri, where the water level—nearly 7 feet above flood stage—is the highest since June, 2013.

Warmer weather to accompany widespread rains

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies near- or below-normal temperatures. Tuesday morning’s low temperatures locally dipped below 20° in the Great Lakes region. The Missouri River crested 11.61 feet above flood stage on Monday in Waverly, Missouri, edging the July 1993 high-water mark by 0.46 foot.

More precipitation ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is falling early Monday in the Ohio Valley, especially in the southern half of Ohio. Below-normal temperatures cover all of the Midwest, limiting evaporation from still-soggy fields. Early Monday, the Missouri River crest is near Waverly, Missouri, just over 11 feet above flood stage and very close to the high-water mark achieved in July 1993.

Pattern to remain active across much of the Heartland

Across the In the Corn Belt, showery, windy weather dominates the lower Great Lakes region. Rain has changed to snow showers in some northern areas. Meanwhile, flood recovery in the western Corn Belt continues under a dry weather pattern, allowing producers in the hardest-hit areas to further assess impacts on livestock, stored crops, farm equipment, and agricultural infrastructure.

Near-seasonal, early-Spring pattern ahead

Across the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is falling from portions of the Great Lakes region southwestward into Missouri. Meanwhile, favorably dry weather prevails in the western Corn Belt, where most river levels continue to fall. However, in areas where levees have broken, vulnerability to flooding persists until repairs can be made.

Milder days, but a wetter pattern also ahead

Across the Corn Belt, a record-setting crest on the Missouri River is approaching Rulo, Nebraska, as river levels in that area continue to exceed high-water marks originally set in June 2011.