The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

An active, at times wet pattern for the Corn Belt

On the Plains, cooler weather accompanies an increase in clouds and precipitation. Currently, some of the most significant and beneficial rain is developing across the High Plains. Prior to this event, topsoil moisture was rated 68% very short to short in Kansas, along with 56% in Oklahoma, 48% in Texas, and 40% in Colorado.

No shortage of rainfall in the coming days across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, rain in the vicinity of a cold front extends from Nebraska to Michigan. Some freezing rain is occurring in the upper Great Lakes region. South of the cold front, warm, dry, breezy weather prevails across much of the central and eastern Corn Belt.

Mild; frequent rains to march across the Midwest

On the Plains, a low-pressure system currently centered near the Colorado-Nebraska-Wyoming triple point is resulting in windy conditions. As a result, there is an elevated to extreme wildfire threat Thursday on the central and southern High Plains, where Thursday’s high temperatures will approach 90°.

The start of a much wetter pattern ahead

Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather prevails due to a high-pressure system centered over the upper Great Lakes region. Freeze Warnings were in effect early Wednesday in parts of the lower Ohio Valley, where fruit trees and other temperature-sensitive crops have exhibited accelerated development due to previously warm weather.

A very wet pattern ahead for most of the Midwest

On the Plains, colder weather prevails in Montana and the Dakotas. Rain and snow showers are occurring along the leading edge of cold air, mainly in Nebraska. Very warm weather prevails on the southern Plains, where topsoil continues to diminish. On March 19, topsoil moisture was rated 74% very short to short in Kansas, along with 51% in Oklahoma and 43% in Texas.

An active, moisture-ladden pattern for the Midwest

On the Plains, record-setting warmth prevails across the southern half of the region, maintaining stress on drought-affected rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat, and further reducing soil moisture. Monday’s high temperatures should range from 90 to 100° across a broad area of the southern Plains. Meanwhile, isolated rain showers accompany near-normal temperatures across the northern Plains.

An active pattern, seasonal temps for the Corn Belt

On the Plains, slightly cooler air is arriving across Montana and the Dakotas, but warm, dry weather covers the remainder of the nation’s mid-section. Drought impacts on rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat remain a concern across portions of the central and southern Plains. On March 12, Oklahoma’s rangeland and pastures were rated 35% very poor to poor.

Temps to fluctuate; active pattern for the Heartland

On the Plains, warm, mostly dry, breezy weather prevails. Thursday’s high temperatures could approach 90° as far north as the central High Plains. In addition, drought remains a concern with respect to winter wheat health and wildfire activity on the central and southern High Plains.

Milder weather builds to the west

On the Plains, warmer air continues to overspread the western areas, accompanied by gusty winds. Wednesday’s high temperatures should range from near 35° in the Red River Valley of the North to 80° or higher on the central High Plains. Kansas winter wheat is currently rated 23% very poor to poor, in large part due to drought.