The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A welcome (drier) weather pattern change ahead

Across the Corn Belt, a significant rainfall event is underway west of the Mississippi River, curtailing fieldwork anew. Although dry weather prevails in the eastern Corn Belt, most planting activities remain stalled by excessive soil moisture. On May 5, topsoil moisture was rated at least one-half surplus in Ohio (83% surplus), Illinois (74%), Indiana (71%), Michigan (61%), and Missouri (54%).

Another Spring storm takes aim at the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, showers stretch from southern Michigan to Missouri. U.S. corn planting, 23% complete by May 5, is proceeding at the slowest pace since 2013, when 12% of the crop had been sown on that date. Other recent years with a slower early-season corn planting pace were 1993 (13% planted by May 5) and 1995 (17%)

Another Spring storm takes aim at the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, rain showers are occurring from the upper Great Lakes region into Nebraska. Elsewhere, chilly air is settling across the upper Midwest, while flooding continues to disrupt shipping operations in the middle Mississippi Valley. Early Monday, the Mississippi River at St.

Wet weather to resume next week across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, an all-time crest record was broken on Thursday along the Mississippi River at Rock Island, Illinois. Currently, cool, dry weather prevails across the middle and upper Mississippi Valley, but locally heavy showers linger in the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Most Midwestern planting activities are at a virtual standstill due to cool and/or wet soils.

A brief break in an otherwise wet Midwest pattern

Across the Corn Belt, rain stretches from the Great Lakes region into the middle Mississippi Valley. The rain, in some cases falling on already saturated soils, is sparking new areas of flooding. In addition, the Mississippi River is already running high due to runoff from melted snow and earlier rainfall.

A dynamic, moisture-laden storm to cross the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, cool, damp soils continue to inhibit most fieldwork. On April 28, topsoil moisture was rated at least one-half surplus in Ohio (74% surplus), Indiana (66%), and Illinois (53%). Currently, rain is overspreading the western and central Corn Belt, halting fieldwork in areas where some corn planting has occurred.

An extraordinarily active weather pattern

Across the Corn Belt, a mix of rain and snow is falling early Monday in North Dakota and northern Minnesota. Meanwhile, showers and thunderstorms are affecting the southern and eastern Corn Belt.

Active, excessively moisture-laden pattern ahead

Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry, breezy weather prevails from the Mississippi Valley westward. Sub-freezing temperatures occurred early Friday in parts of the upper Midwest, including large sections of the Dakotas. Meanwhile in the eastern Corn Belt, rain and soggy field conditions are halting fieldwork.

Showery; near-seasonal temperatures for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, a Frost Advisory was in effect early Wednesday in portions of southern Michigan and northern Indiana. Elsewhere, a few rain showers are overspreading the southern Corn Belt, while warmth in the upper Midwest is allowing some opportunities for early-season planting.