The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, very cool weather persists across the eastern half of the region, where scattered frost was noted Tuesday morning. A few sprinkles are affecting the upper Midwest, although soils remain dry. On April 26, Minnesota led the Midwest with 38% of its intended corn acreage planted.
Across the Corn Belt, chilly conditions linger east of the Mississippi River, where widespread frost and freezes were noted early Friday. Daily-record lows for April 24 included 24° in Flint, Michigan, and 28° in Columbus, Ohio. In contrast, mild weather and a few showers are returning to the western Corn Belt. On the Plains, rain has spread as far north as the Texas-Oklahoma border.
Across the Corn Belt, a band of rain showers is crossing the lower Midwest. Meanwhile, snow showers dot the upper Great Lakes region. Wednesday morning’s temperatures fell to near 20° in parts of the far upper Midwest, including the eastern Dakotas. On April 19, Illinois led the Midwest with 15% of its intended corn acreage planted, followed by Minnesota (12%).
Across the Corn Belt, mild, sunny weather dominates the Midwest, warming top-soils for germination and helping to alleviate excessive wetness on low-lying fields.
Across the Corn Belt, flooding remains a concern in portions of the Ohio Valley, and lingering wetness is sustaining slow planting rates across key southern production areas. Cool, dry weather dominates the upper Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry, breezy weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. Thursday’s thunderstorms resulted in localized wind and hail damage across the central and eastern Corn Belt, and a few tornadoes were spotted in northern Illinois and neighboring areas.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms are occurring in all areas except the upper Midwest, where soils remain dry. On April 5, topsoil moisture in South Dakota was reported to be 67% very short to short. At the same time, topsoil moisture in Ohio was 46% surplus (and 0% very short to short).
Across the Corn Belt, precipitation—heaviest in the Ohio Valley—is scattered across the region. Soils remain dry in the upper Midwest, while wet conditions persist in parts of the southern and eastern Corn Belt. Meanwhile, cool conditions in the northern Corn Belt contrast with mild weather across the southern tier of the region.
Across the Corn Belt, cold weather accompanies light rain and snow showers across northern parts of the region. Farther south, mild weather prevails. Rain showers are maintaining soggy conditions in the Ohio Valley.