The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is halting fieldwork, including corn and soybean harvest activities, in parts of Illinois, Indiana, and neighboring areas. Meanwhile, colder air is overspreading the upper Midwest, where fieldwork delays persist in some areas in the wake of last week’s rainy, windy weather.
In the wake of yesterday’s cold front, progressively cooler air arrives beginning today. A series of reinforcing cold fronts are forecast to move through about every 36-hours. Each may generate a couple of showers. After the warm start to October, it appears that a much colder weather pattern will dominate next week and beyond with temperatures averaging well-below normal.
A Nor'easter over coastal waters of New England is bringing widespread rainfall and gusty winds. Winds could gust up to 45 mph near the coast, along with at least 1 to 2 inches of rainfall. Away from the steady rainfall, low clouds and widespread drizzle are likely to continue in these areas.
Dry and warm weather will continue through the rest of the week. Afternoon high temperatures will be in the middle to upper 70s through Friday; which is 5-10 degrees above normal. The next chance for rain appears to be over the weekend.
Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather is ideal for corn and soybean maturation, as well as initial winter wheat planting efforts. However, soil moisture shortages remain a concern in many areas, with the latest U.S. Drought Monitor indicating that 79% of Iowa, 53% of Minnesota, and 41% of Illinois are in drought.
Across the Corn Belt, isolated showers are confined to the lower Ohio Valley. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather is promoting summer crop maturation and initial soft red winter wheat planting efforts. On September 22, Michigan led the Midwest with 8% of its intended winter wheat acreage planted.
Across the Corn Belt, a few light rain showers are mainly confined to the middle Missouri Valley. Elsewhere, dry weather and a slow warming trend are promoting summer crop maturation. On September 22, Midwestern corn maturity ranged from 17% in Minnesota to 57% in Missouri.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms extend along a cold front from the Great Lakes region into the middle Mississippi Valley. The rain is slowing initial harvest efforts but easing dry conditions and providing beneficial moisture in advance of winter wheat planting. Cooler air trails the front into the western Corn Belt.