The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Heat, humidity to fuel storms across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are grazing northern corn and soybean production areas. Hot, mostly dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest. Short-term dryness is most pronounced across northern Missouri and southern Iowa, but several other areas have not received much rain in recent weeks.

Heat, increasing dryness across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather continues, except for showers and thunderstorms across the region’s northern tier. The heart of the Corn Belt, including much of Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, northern Missouri, and eastern Nebraska, has received little rain in the last 2 weeks, favoring winter wheat maturation but sharply reducing topsoil moisture for corn and soybean development.

Warmer to hotter days ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather favors late-season planting activities and crop development. However, pockets of short-term dryness are appearing. Some of the most significant short-term rainfall deficits are developing across northern Missouri and neighboring areas.

Summer-like warmth ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather favors late-season planting efforts. In recent weeks, a few Midwestern pockets have received below-normal rainfall. In general, however, soil moisture remains mostly adequate for corn and soybean development. Currently, cool weather prevails in the eastern Corn Belt.

Warmth and humidity to slowly build

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather favors late-season corn and soybean planting, as well as initial winter wheat harvest efforts. On June 4, the wheat harvest was 1% complete in Illinois and Indiana.

A far more favorable weather pattern

Across the Corn Belt, showers and a few thunderstorms are confined to the lower Midwest, from southern Missouri to parts of Ohio.

A drier weather pattern developing

Across the Corn Belt, a warming trend and mostly dry conditions favor soybean and late-season corn planting. On May 28, only four Midwestern States—Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin—had yet to plant at least five-sixths of their intended corn acreage; planting in those states ranged from 77 to 82% complete.

Midwestern planting delays continue

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry but cool weather favors a return to fieldwork as conditions permit. A few showers linger, however, in the vicinity of the Great Lakes and across the Ohio Valley. On May 28, soybean planting ranged from 12 to 21 percentage points behind the respective 5-year averages in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin—with planting only 45% complete in Wisconsin.

"Cool" pattern to hold across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, unusually cool weather prevails, while clouds and a few showers linger in the upper Midwest. Fieldwork remains sluggish in areas where soils are muddy and where drying rates have been slowed by cool, cloudy weather; last week’s rainfall was heaviest in the southern and eastern Corn Belt.