The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, mild, sunny weather dominates the Midwest, warming top-soils for germination and helping to alleviate excessive wetness on low-lying fields.
Across the Corn Belt, flooding remains a concern in portions of the Ohio Valley, and lingering wetness is sustaining slow planting rates across key southern production areas. Cool, dry weather dominates the upper Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry, breezy weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. Thursday’s thunderstorms resulted in localized wind and hail damage across the central and eastern Corn Belt, and a few tornadoes were spotted in northern Illinois and neighboring areas.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms are occurring in all areas except the upper Midwest, where soils remain dry. On April 5, topsoil moisture in South Dakota was reported to be 67% very short to short. At the same time, topsoil moisture in Ohio was 46% surplus (and 0% very short to short).
Across the Corn Belt, precipitation—heaviest in the Ohio Valley—is scattered across the region. Soils remain dry in the upper Midwest, while wet conditions persist in parts of the southern and eastern Corn Belt. Meanwhile, cool conditions in the northern Corn Belt contrast with mild weather across the southern tier of the region.
Across the Corn Belt, cold weather accompanies light rain and snow showers across northern parts of the region. Farther south, mild weather prevails. Rain showers are maintaining soggy conditions in the Ohio Valley.
Across the Corn Belt, heavy rain is causing lowland flooding and bringing renewed fieldwork delays to the lower Midwest. Flood Warnings are in effect for several counties in southern sections of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Meanwhile, very cool but dry weather covers the northwestern half of the Corn Belt. Friday morning’s temperatures dipped below 20° in the far upper Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. However, chilly, breezy conditions in the eastern Corn Belt contrast with above-normal temperatures west of the Mississippi River.