The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A pattern shift gets underway

On the Plains, mostly dry weather prevails, despite widespread cloudiness. Cool conditions linger across the southeastern Plains, where some light rain is falling, but late-summer heat favors spring wheat harvesting and other fieldwork on the northern High Plains.

An active pattern into early next week

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms stretch from Michigan to Missouri, maintaining generally favorable soil moisture levels for corn and soybeans. Pockets of drought linger, however, in the lower Great Lakes region. Elsewhere, cooler air is overspreading the upper Midwest, accompanied by lingering showers.

Seasonal warmth & short-term dryness

Across the Corn Belt, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms are spreading across the upper Midwest— mainly across North Dakota and Minnesota. Elsewhere, above-normal temperatures prevail in advance of an approaching cold front, although Wednesday’s high temperatures should remain mostly below 95°.

Near ideal growing weather in most areas

Across the Corn Belt, growing conditions remain mostly favorable for reproductive to filling corn and soybeans, as near- to below-normal temperatures accompany widely scattered showers. Lingering pockets of dryness are most widespread in the lower Great Lakes region, mainly covering portions of Ohio and Michigan.

Favorable weather for most of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, warm, mostly dry weather favors a rapid pace of corn and soybean development. However, locally heavy showers are returning to the upper Midwest, trailed by a push of cooler air.

Favorable growing conditions continue across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, showers are mainly confined to the Ohio Valley and the far upper Midwest. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors a rapid crop development pace. Soil moisture shortages linger across the eastern Corn Belt, where very short to short ratings on July 24 included 62% in Ohio and 51% in Michigan.

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.