The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A wet pattern over the next 7-10 days

Across the Corn Belt, mild, showery weather lingers across the middle Mississippi Valley, maintaining a slow fieldwork pace. Fieldwork also remains on hold in many other parts of the Midwest due to weekend rains. In addition, much colder air is arriving across the northern tier of the Corn Belt.

Periodic wet weather to persist across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mild weather is replacing previously cool conditions, although a few rain showers are developing in the middle Mississippi Valley and environs. Fieldwork remains sluggish across large sections of the central and eastern Corn Belt in the wake of recent heavy rainfall.

Added fieldwork delays in the days ahead

Across the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is falling in the Great Lakes region, further slowing spring fieldwork in Michigan and parts of neighboring states. Michigan’s sugarbeet planting had not yet begun by April 9, compared to the 5-year average of 18%.

Wet pattern benefiting Heartland drought areas

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather prevails between storms. Spring fieldwork delays continue, however, in several states, including Michigan, where topsoil moisture was rated 61% surplus on April 9.

A brief break in the wet weather pattern

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. A few showers linger across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Corn planting is underway in the southern Corn Belt—5% complete in Missouri and 1% in Illinois—but is slightly behind schedule due to residual wetness from recent rainfall.

A wet pattern, at times, across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are developing in the Great Lakes States. In contrast, warm, dry weather in the eastern Corn Belt favors pre-planting fieldwork. Planting activities are just getting underway across the region’s southern tier, where 1% of Missouri’s intended corn acreage had been planted by April 2.

No shortage of moisture across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a storm system centered over the lower Great Lakes is producing rain, snow, and gusty winds. Soil moisture supplies are favorable to even excess in most areas, though short-term dryness lingers in the upper Midwest.

On the Plains, sunny skies and moderating temperatures are promoting winter wheat development on the heels of recent soaking rainfall.

Beneficial rains to continue for the Midwest, Plains

Across the Corn Belt, a significant rainfall event is underway in the Great Lakes region. The Midwestern rain is generally benefiting winter wheat and helping to condition soils in preparation for spring planting.

A steady progression of systems for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, rain is overspreading Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska. In advance of an approaching storm system, dry weather covers the remainder of the Midwest.