Across the Corn Belt, although most if not all fieldwork remains on hold, soil moisture levels have markedly improved in the upper Midwestern drought areas.
On the Plains, temperatures have moderated from the very low readings observed on April 10-11.
Across the Corn Belt, a low-pressure system crossing the Mississippi Valley is producing widespread rain showers. Early Monday, some of the heaviest rain fell across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
During the weekend, dry weather will return to the South, while showers will spread across the nation’s northern tier.
By early next week, a new storm system will develop across the nation’s mid-section, with significant precipitation possible across the Plains and Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, unusually cold conditions persist. Tuesday morning’s low temperatures generally ranged from around 10° in the far upper Midwest to near the freezing mark in the lower Ohio Valley.
Across the Corn Belt, unusually cool, breezy conditions persist. March temperatures averaged more than 10° below normal in the far upper Midwest, including the Red River communities of Grand Forks (11.0° below normal) and Fargo, North Dakota (10.5° below normal).
Across the Corn Belt, temperatures continue to slowly rebound, but remain at mostly near- to below-normal levels. In addition, breezy conditions have finally subsided. A few rain showers are developing across the southern fringe of the Midwest, mainly in parts of Missouri.
On the Plains, mostly dry weather accompanied a warming trend. A few rain showers dot the southeastern Plains.
The cold winter continued, with rain and snow covering much of the state during the past month.
Temperatures averaged 7 degrees below normal. Precipitation was slightly below normal statewide, with the drier districts being across central Illinois. The cold and wet conditions have been not been beneficial to spring calving.
Linked below, a look at snowfall coverage and amounts across much of Illinois from the late-season Winter storm that struck on Sunday, March 24, 2013:
Mapping and Listing of Snowfall Amounts Across Central, Southern Illinois
Across the rest of the Corn Belt, cold, breezy conditio
Across the Corn Belt, unusually cold weather is maintaining stress on livestock. Once again, Friday morning’s temperatures fell below 0° in parts of the upper Midwest. Some light snow is developing in the far western Corn Belt, across the middle Missouri Valley.
On the Plains, cold weather prevails, except for lingering warmth across the southern half of Texas.
Across the Corn Belt, bitterly cold conditions are maintaining stress on livestock in the upper Midwest. Thursday morning’s temperatures plunged below 0° in parts of Minnesota and the eastern Dakotas. Cold, breezy conditions cover the remainder of the Midwest, and snow showers linger downwind of the Great Lakes.
On the Plains, mostly dry weather prevails.