The Weather Front On-Line

A warm-up gets underway across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a warming trend. In the eastern Corn Belt, pastures continue to benefit from recent soil moisture improvements. Meanwhile, crops are maturing rapidly, with corn harvest underway in all Midwestern States except Wisconsin.


Wetter, cooler weather ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails in the wake of recent rainfall. Drought-easing rainfall was heaviest across central and southern Indiana, where late-week and weekend precipitation totaled 4 inches or more in many locations.


Cooler air on the move

Across the Corn Belt, cooler air is spreading across northern and western areas, but hot weather persists in the Ohio Valley. Showers and thunderstorms are developing across the central Corn Belt in the vicinity of a cold front.

On the Plains, cooler weather prevails, except for lingering heat in parts of Texas and southern Oklahoma.


Heavy weekend rains ahead for much of the central, southern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, hot, dry weather is promoting summer crop maturation and early-season harvest activities, but is maintaining stress on drought-affected pastures.

On the Plains, hot, dry weather favors summer crop maturation and fieldwork, including winter wheat planting preparations.


"Big" rains ahead for parts of the central, southern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies a late-season warm spell. Scattered showers are confined to the upper Midwest. On August 26, Missouri led the nation with 99% of its pastureland rated in very poor to poor condition, followed by Nebraska with 95%.


Rain chances increase for the balance of the weekend

Dry weather continues Saturday, with temperatures remaining above normal. Afternoon highs will reach the lower 90s.  Overnight lows will settle through the 60s.  A weather system will arrive by Sunday, bringing with it occasional outbreaks of scattered showers and thunderstorms through Monday.  Highs into early next week will return to the 80s.


Late-season heat across much of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, isolated showers are confined to the upper Midwest. Elsewhere, late-season heat is bringing renewed stress to pastures and immature summer crops, following a 2-week period of favorably cooler weather.

On the Plains, beneficial but widely scattered showers continue across roughly the southern half of the region.


Topsoil moisture improves slightly across the state

Cooler temperatures and several showers across much of the state last week were a welcomed change from the hot and dry conditions experienced throughout the summer thus far.


Recent rains modestly improve late-season crop conditions

Across the Corn Belt, mild, mostly dry weather prevails. During the week ending August 19, soybeans rated very poor to poor fell (improved)—on the strength of cooler weather and recent rainfall—five percentage points in Indiana, Michigan, and South Dakota. Even with the improvement, more than one-third (37%) of the U.S.


Recent rains benefit much of the central Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails. Pastures and some soybeans continue to benefit from the recent turn toward cooler weather, as well as last week’s scattered showers—which were heaviest in the central Corn Belt.

On the Plains, hot, weather has returned to Montana, while mild, dry weather covers the remainder of the region.


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