The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, showers are developing across the upper Midwest, where more than three-quarters of the pastures were rated in very poor to poor condition on September 9 in Nebraska (97% very poor to poor), Iowa (77%), and South Dakota (76%). The rain is causing only minor fieldwork delays.
On the Plains, cool weather is returning to northern areas.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.
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.
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.