The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Wet weather for part of the Holiday Weekend

Across the Corn Belt, cool, showery weather is limiting fieldwork. Despite less-than-ideal spring weather, corn planting was within 10 percentage points of the respective 5-year averages on May 21 in all Midwestern States, ranging from 65% complete in Wisconsin to 94% complete in Minnesota.

A wet, active pattern returning to the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, light freezes occurred Friday morning in parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, possibly burning back summer crops that had emerged in recent days. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are pushing across the southwestern Corn Belt, accompanied and trailed by a surge of cooler air.

Favorable, Summer-like pattern continues for now

On the Plains, stormy weather continues in the wake of Tuesday night’s severe thunderstorms, which stretched from western Texas into southern Nebraska. In areas affected by tornadoes or high winds, recovery efforts are underway as conditions permit. Meanwhile, sharply cooler air is arriving across the northern Plains, slowing the emergence and growth of recently planted summer crops.

Stalled fieldwork now accelerating in the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are overspreading the northern tier of the region, from Minnesota to Michigan, slowing a previously torrid planting pace. In Minnesota, nearly half (49%) of the intended corn acreage was planted during the week ending May 14, along with 45% of the sugarbeets and 43% of the soybeans.

Much better weather overspreads the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool conditions linger in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors corn and soybean planting, except in some of the wettest areas. In those wet spots, largely stretching from Missouri to Indiana, producers continue to grapple with issues such as whether or not to replant corn.

A welcome pattern shift ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, showers are limited to the southern tier of the region, including southern sections of Illinois and Missouri. Elsewhere, dry weather favors planting activities and other fieldwork, except in areas of the eastern Corn Belt still grappling with cool soils and lingering wetness.

More rain ahead for much of the Midwest Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather prevails, except for a few showers in western production areas. Planting activities continue at a rapid pace across the far upper Midwest, but significant fieldwork delays persist in the southern and eastern Corn Belt. On May 7, topsoil moisture was rated at least two-thirds surplus in Ohio (72%) and Indiana (71%).

Wetter spells returning to much of the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, Frost and Freeze Warnings were in effect again Tuesday morning across the lower Great Lakes region, including Michigan and northern and eastern Ohio. Meanwhile, showers in the vicinity of a warm front extend across parts of Illinois and Indiana. Warmth is building into the middle Mississippi Valley, helping to dry out soggy fields in the wake of a significant flood event.

A much-needed drier weather pattern ahead

On the Plains, warm, dry weather prevails. Some of the warmest weather is occurring on the northern Plains, where Friday’s high temperatures will range from 80 to 90°. Activities include an acceleration of previously delayed spring wheat planting on the northern Plains and assessments of winter wheat damage and livestock losses in blizzard-affected areas of western Kansas and environs.