The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Pleasant summer pattern to continue

Across the Corn Belt, mild, mostly dry weather prevails. However, showers are overspreading the western Corn Belt, providing beneficial moisture for summer crops in areas that have been unfavorably dry in recent weeks.

Cool pattern to linger across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, unusually cool weather is slowing crop development, despite mostly sunny skies. In addition, pockets of dryness and drought are affecting some areas, primarily west of the Mississippi River. In Iowa, topsoil moisture was rated 56% very short to short on August 6.

Weather remains mostly favorable for crops

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather accompanies widespread cloudiness and scattered showers. Weather conditions remain mostly favorable for reproductive to filling summer crops, although pockets of unfavorable dryness persist across portions of the southwestern and western Corn Belt.

A delightful mid-Summer weather pattern

Across the Corn Belt, near- to below-normal temperatures favor reproductive summer crops. In addition, Recent widespread, locally heavy showers and thunderstorms across the southern and eastern Corn Belt are benefitted corn and soybeans in areas—such as the middle Mississippi Valley—that have been trending dry.

Rains focus on parts of the western Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, showers are returning to the upper Midwest, including already soggy areas of southern Minnesota. However, rain is also overspreading some previously dry areas of the western Corn Belt, providing a boost in soil moisture for reproductive corn and soybeans. In Iowa, where rain is arriving, topsoil moisture was rated 52% very short to short on July 23.

A cooler pattern ahead for the midwestern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cooler weather is arriving in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Pockets of dryness and developing drought linger as far east as the middle Mississippi Valley, but excessive soil moisture remains a problem in parts of the northern Corn Belt—particularly in areas such as southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois, and northeastern Iowa.

Drought intensifies on the northern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, very warm, humid weather prevails. Some of the hottest weather is occurring in the middle Mississippi Valley, where Friday’s high temperatures should approach 100°. A band of thunderstorms stretching across the Midwest is helping to limit the impact of hot, humid conditions, although some of the rain has been heavy enough to cause local flooding.

Corn Belt topsoil moisture levels vary greatly

Across the Corn Belt, cool conditions linger across the upper Midwest. In contrast, heat and humidity levels are building across the southern Corn Belt. On July 16, Midwestern topsoil moisture remained highly variable, ranging from 60% surplus in Ohio to 85% very short to short in South Dakota.

Heat, oppressive humidity lurking to the west

Across the Corn Belt, hot, dry weather prevails, except for cooler conditions and scattered thunderstorms across the upper Midwest. Tuesday’s high temperature should approach or reach 95° in the middle Mississippi Valley. Meanwhile, pockets of unfavorable dryness persist in the western and central Corn Belt.