The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, early Friday morning thunderstorms are traversing Minnesota and Wisconsin, with rain expected later Friday in Iowa. Elsewhere, mild, sunny weather favors development of corn and soybeans, while supporting harvesting of soft red winter wheat.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather favors reproductive summer crops. However, heat is developing across western-most portions of the region, but temperatures in primary production areas remain below normal.
Across the Corn Belt, a large convective complex produced heavy rain in Iowa and parts of neighboring states. The rain is falling mainly northwest of the wettest Midwestern areas, which stretch from Missouri to Ohio.
Across the Corn Belt, cooler air is overspreading the Great Lakes region. However, hot, humid conditions persist across the southern Corn Belt. Thunderstorms have mostly cleared out of the Midwest, although the threat of severe weather lingers in parts of the Ohio Valley.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are returning from the Mississippi Valley westward, with the heaviest rain currently affecting Missouri. On June 28, Missouri’s topsoil moisture was rated 60% surplus, while planting for both soybeans and sorghum was just 62% complete.
Across the Corn Belt, showery weather continues to plague central and eastern portions of the region. On June 28, topsoil moisture was rated at least half surplus in Indiana (66%), Illinois (63%), Ohio (61%), and Missouri (60%). In Missouri, 62% of the soybeans had been planted by June 28, compared to the 5-year average of 94%.
Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather favors rapid corn and soybean development across the upper Midwest. In contrast, cool, showery weather is maintaining unfavorably wet conditions in much of the eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, numerous Flood Warnings are in effect across the middle Mississippi Valley, where another round of heavy rain fell overnight into Friday. Cool, showery weather is also occurring elsewhere in the Midwest, except across the northernmost Corn Belt. Pockets of excessive wetness are most concentrated across the southern and eastern Corn Belt, from Missouri to Ohio.
Across the Corn Belt, conditions remain mostly favorable for summer crop development, despite pockets of excessive wetness in the southern and eastern Corn Belt. Currently, showers and thunderstorms are returning to an area stretching from eastern Nebraska into parts of northern and central Illinois.