Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are maintaining a slow pace of fieldwork. Conditions are a little more conducive to corn and soybean planting in the Ohio Valley, where warm weather prevails and showers are more isolated. Currently, the heaviest rain is falling across the Mississippi Valley and spreading into the lower Great Lakes region.
On the Plains, a chilly rain is falling across the central one-third of Montana, while strong thunderstorms are pounding south-central Texas in the vicinity of the Rio Grande. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather prevails, except for a return to above-normal temperatures on the central High Plains. Across the northern Plains, many fields remain too wet to resume summer crop planting operations.
On the Plains, recovery efforts continue in the wake of the tragic tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Thunderstorms have re-developed across portions of the southern Plains, including tornado-ravaged areas south of Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, very cool weather prevails across the northern and central Plains. Fieldwork remains at a standstill in the Dakotas, where rain showers persist.
On the Plains, very warm weather continues to promote an acceleration of fieldwork and crop development. Warmth is especially notable on the central Plains, where Tuesday’s high temperatures will again approach or reach 95°. Precipitation (showers and thunderstorms) are mostly confined to the Red River Valley.
On the Plains, much warmer weather accompanies scattered rain showers in the Dakotas. Elsewhere, very warm, dry weather prevails. High temperatures above 90° will be common later Monday throughout the region, even as far north as the Dakotas.
On the Plains, dry weather is promoting fieldwork. However, mild weather across the northern High Plains contrasts with chilly conditions across the remainder of the nation’s mid-section. Freezes were noted Monday morning as far south as eastern Colorado and northwestern Kansas.
On the Plains, a band of precipitation stretches from southeastern Nebraska to northern Texas. The northwestern edge of the precipitation shield is falling as snow. The southern High Plains were spared from a significant freeze Thursday morning, but strong northerly winds are resulting in some blowing dust.
On the Plains, cool weather is returning to areas as far south as Nebraska, while unusual warmth persists across the southern half of the region. Monday’s high temperatures topped the 90-degree mark in locations such as Amarillo, Texas (94°F), and Gage, Oklahoma (92°F), and similar readings can be expected again Tuesday.
In the West, very warm weather in California and the Northwest favors a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development.
Meanwhile, producers across the central and southern High Plains continue to monitor winter wheat for signs of freeze damage from a series of cold mornings, most recently on April 24.
Across the Corn Belt, extensive lowland flooding persists in several areas, inclu
Across the Corn Belt, widespread lowland flooding continues from the middle Mississippi Valley into parts of the Great Lakes region.