The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A more favorable weather pattern underway

Across the Corn Belt, temperatures have returned to near-normal levels, following the recent hot spell. In addition, much of the Midwest has received significant rainfall in recent days. Currently, scattered showers and thunderstorms stretch from near Lake Erie to Missouri.

Heat, Humidity and Thunderstorms

On the Plains, temperatures above 100° can be expected across a broad area for the third consecutive day. Very humid weather persists as well, maintaining stress on crops and livestock.

Heat wave approaches the Midwest Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, uncomfortably hot, humid weather prevails, although extreme heat—with temperatures approaching 100°—is confined to westernmost portions of the region. Earlier Thursday, a line of strong thunderstorms is racing across the Great Lakes region.

Heat wave ahead for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, humidity is increasing, but temperatures remain mostly favorable for reproductive corn and soybeans. In addition, showers dot the Mississippi Valley and a few other Midwestern areas. However, heat is starting to build across the westernmost Corn Belt, where Wednesday’s high temperatures will approach 100°.

Heat builds on the Plains

On the Plains, hot, humid weather has expanded to encompass much of the region. Tuesday’s high temperatures could reach the 100-degree mark as far north as eastern Montana and the western Dakotas. Lingering showers across the northern half of the region are diminishing as hot weather arrives.

Wetter pattern to continue

On the Plains, unsettled weather lingers across the northern half of the region. Recent and ongoing showers have aided pastures and spring-sown crops in some of the northern Plains’ dry spots; on July 3, South Dakota led the Plains in topsoil moisture rated very short to short (50%).

An active Midwestern pattern

Across the Corn Belt, a large thunderstorm complex produced heavy showers and gusty winds. As the complex formed late Tuesday, large hail pelted parts of the upper Midwest, accompanied by localized wind damage. Nevertheless, the moisture is mostly beneficial for summer crops, some of which are entering reproduction.

Rain ahead by Sunday; heat & humidity next week

A nearly-stationary frontal boundary near the Ohio River will slowly shift northward as a warm front while becoming the focal point for some significant rainfall. Starting later Saturday night, periodic outbreaks of clustered showers and thunderstorms along the I-70 corridor will spread northward through Independence Day on Monday.

Near-ideal weather across the Corn Belt

On the Plains, winter wheat harvesting was progressing rapidly across southern portions of the region. Meanwhile, locally heavy showers are easing short-term dryness but slowing fieldwork on the central Plains.