The Weather Front On-Line

Beneficial rains on the southern Plains

On the Plains, locally heavy rain in parts of Oklahoma and Texas is providing much-needed moisture for rangeland, pastures, and summer crops. However, enough rain has fallen in some areas to trigger flash flooding. In Waco, Texas, more than 4 inches of rain has fallen in the last 24 hours. In contrast, mostly dry weather prevails on the northern and central Plains.


Heat wave on the Great Plains

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting a rapid crop development pace. Earlier-planted corn and soybeans have entered the weather-sensitive reproductive stage of development under generally favorable conditions. However, a few dry pockets have begun to develop in the southwestern Corn Belt.


Hot weather on the central, southern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, a line of showers and thunderstorms stretches from Michigan to northern Missouri. The rain is maintaining abundant moisture reserves for corn and soybeans. Midwestern temperatures remain mostly favorable for developing summer crops, although a brief surge of heat will boost Monday’s temperatures above 90° in the southwestern Corn Belt.


Pleasant weather across the heart of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a few showers are falling across southeastern portions of the region, slowing soft red winter wheat harvesting but benefiting corn and soybeans. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather is easing flooding in previously waterlogged sections of the upper Midwest.


Heat & storms across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, the last several days have been favorable for crop development and final soybean planting efforts. Although much of the region remains dry, accompanied by a turn toward above-normal temperatures, strong thunderstorms are sweeping across the upper Midwest.


Warm, dry weather across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, warm, mostly dry weather favors late-season soybean planting efforts, as well as summer crop emergence and growth. Showers and thunderstorms are just starting to overspread the far upper Midwest.


Rains confined to the southern-most Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, significant precipitation is confined to the Ohio Valley, although isolated showers dot areas west of the Mississippi River. By June 16, more than one-fifth of the soybeans had not yet been sown in Missouri (70% planted), Wisconsin (72%), and Iowa (77%).


Seasonal warmth across the Corn Belt

On the Plains, an active weather pattern prevails across southern areas. A line of thunderstorms, which earlier produced local wind and hail damage, is moving across northeastern Texas and eastern portions of Kansas and Oklahoma. Meanwhile, cool but dry weather favors late-season planting efforts on the northern Plains.


New rains return to parts of the western Corn Belt

On the Plains, moderate to heavy showers continue to hamper the final stages of spring wheat planting in Montana and North Dakota. In contrast, heat and dryness are maintaining stress on crops and pastures on the southern Plains, although showers are approaching from the south in Texas and eastern New Mexico.


Heat to develop on parts of the central, southern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, cool, unsettled weather lingers east of the Mississippi. Recent showers have improved soil moisture in the eastern Corn Belt but maintained soggy fields in central portions of the region.


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