The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

An unsettled midwestern weather pattern

Across the Corn Belt, cold, breezy conditions persist. Excess soil moisture continues to inhibit fieldwork, especially in the eastern Corn Belt. On November 25, topsoil moisture in Ohio was rated 65% surplus. The U.S. soybean harvest, 94% finished by the 25th, is nearing completion at the slowest pace in the modern era. Since the mid-1990s, the previous latest date of the U.S.

Milder days to accompany a more active pattern

Across the Corn Belt, an early-season winter storm lingers across the lower Great Lakes region. Significant travel disruptions continue in areas affected by wind-driven snow, stretching from the southwestern Corn Belt into parts of Michigan. At daybreak Monday in Illinois, snow depths included 11 inches in Rockford and 7 inches in Chicago.

A more active pattern later into the Holiday Weekend

In the Corn Belt, seasonally cool, mostly dry weather is allowing some producers to complete corn and soybean harvest efforts. However, soils remain wet in much of the eastern Corn Belt, where Ohio’s topsoil moisture was rated 71% surplus on November 18. Currently, a few snow showers are occurring downwind of the Great Lakes.

A welcome change in weather ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, cold weather and excess soil moisture levels are maintaining a slow pace of fieldwork, including late-season corn and soybean harvest efforts. Early Monday, rain showers are occurring in parts of the Ohio Valley, while snow showers are affecting the upper Great Lakes region.

Quiet pattern ahead for Thanksgiving Week

Across the Corn Belt, snow remains on the ground—following Thursday’s storm—from the middle Mississippi Valley into the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region, further delaying late-season soft red winter wheat planting efforts.

Winter-like pattern dominates much of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather prevails. However, fieldwork delays persist in many areas due to wet conditions. On November 11, topsoil moisture was rated at least one-half surplus in Ohio (67%) and Michigan (63%). In the western Corn Belt, soils have begun to freeze during an early-season cold snap.

Unseasonably cold continues across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, snow showers linger across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Cold, dry weather covers the remainder of the Corn Belt. Tuesday morning’s low temperatures plunged below 10º throughout the upper Midwest, allowing still-soggy soils to begin freezing.

December-like. Period.

Across the Corn Belt, snow showers accompany a surge of cold air. Upper Midwestern temperatures fell below 20° Friday morning and will remain below 32° throughout the day. The Midwestern soybean harvest is nearing completion in many areas, but 24% of the nation’s corn had not been harvested by November 4.

A winter-like "look & feel" headed for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, snow showers and squalls are limited to areas downwind of the Great Lakes. Elsewhere, cold, dry weather is conducive to corn and soybean harvest activities in fields where soils are dry enough to support heavy equipment. On November 4, more than one-quarter of the soybeans remained in the field in Michigan (74% harvested) and Missouri (64% harvested).