The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Much cooler air on the move

In the Corn Belt, cooler, drier air is overspreading the upper Midwest, following Friday’s thunderstorms. Meanwhile, showers in the Ohio Valley are slowing the winter wheat harvest but favoring corn and soybean development.

Favorable weather covers much of the Corn Belt

In the Corn Belt, mild, mostly dry weather favors corn and soybean development, as well as winter wheat harvesting. In Illinois, the winter wheat harvest was 65% complete by June 18, compared to the 5-year average of 24%. Currently, showers are developing in a few areas, primarily across the western Corn Belt.

A cooler pattern ahead by early next week

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies near- to below-normal temperatures. Following recent rainfall, growing conditions are mostly favorable for corn and soybeans.

Showers to return later this week

Across the Corn Belt, temperatures have returned to near- or below-normal levels, following a recent spell of hot weather. In addition, recent widespread showers and thunderstorms have improved Midwestern topsoil moisture, favoring corn and soybean development.

More rain, storms ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, very warm weather persists, but scattered showers continue to provide local relief from short-term dryness. Overall, prospects remain favorable for Midwestern corn and soybeans, with significant concerns mostly limited to drought in the far upper Midwest (e.g. the Dakotas) and erratic weather, such as spring wetness followed by June heat and dryness, in the lower Midwest.

Recent dry spell taking a toll on soil moisture

In the Corn Belt, beneficial showers and a few thunderstorms are developing in advance of a cold front. During the first 13 days of June, no measurable rain fell in many Midwestern locations, including Des Moines, Iowa; Quincy, Illinois; and Kirksville, Missouri.

Heat, humidity to fuel storms across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are grazing northern corn and soybean production areas. Hot, mostly dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. Short-term dryness is most pronounced across northern Missouri and southern Iowa, but several other areas have not received much rain in recent weeks.

Heat, increasing dryness across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather continues, except for showers and thunderstorms across the region’s northern tier. The heart of the Corn Belt, including much of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, northern Missouri, and eastern Nebraska, has received little rain in the last 2 weeks, favoring winter wheat maturation but sharply reducing topsoil moisture for corn and soybean development.

Warmer to hotter days ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather favors late-season planting activities and crop development. However, pockets of short-term dryness are appearing. Some of the most significant short-term rainfall deficits are developing across northern Missouri and neighboring areas.

Summer-like warmth ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather favors late-season planting efforts. In recent weeks, a few Midwestern pockets have received below-normal rainfall. In general, however, soil moisture remains mostly adequate for corn and soybean development. Currently, cool weather prevails in the eastern Corn Belt.