The statewide average rainfall for Illinois in May was 5.6inches, 1.3 inches above average. Combined with the 2.8 inches in March and 7.3 inches in April, the total rainfall for this spring was 15.7 inches. This is the seventh wettest spring on record since 1895 and 4.3 inches above average, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.
Across the Corn Belt, warm air is spreading northward, although relatively cool conditions linger in the Great Lakes region and the Dakotas. Late-season planting continues to quickly advance, particularly in the eastern Corn Belt, while scattered showers and thunderstorms dot the upper Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, cooler air is overspreading the Great Lakes region, while showers and thunderstorms are affecting the middle Mississippi and lower Missouri Valleys. Elsewhere, dry weather is promoting late-season planting efforts, especially in the eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, showers associated with a cold front are affecting some areas west of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile in the eastern Corn Belt, very warm, dry weather is allowing producers to proceed with corn and soybean planting activities that have been frequently delayed by cool, soggy conditions.
Across the Corn Belt, dry but very cool weather covers the upper Midwest. Frost was noted in the Red River Valley, where Grand Forks, North Dakota, reported a low temperature of 30°F. Meanwhile, rain and soggy fields continue to delay planting activities across the central and eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather favors a limited return to corn and soybean planting in the upper Midwest, although cool conditions are limiting evaporation from still-soggy fields. Meanwhile, unfavorably showery weather prevails in the Ohio Valley.
Across the Corn Belt, cool, drier air is arriving across the upper Midwest, following weekend thunderstorms. Unsettled, showery weather prevails, however, in the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region, bringing renewed disruptions to corn and soybean planting operations.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are overspreading areas west of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile, sunny weather is finally returning to the eastern Corn Belt, where corn and soybean planting operations remain substantially behind schedule.