The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

More rain ahead for the central, southern Corn Belt

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.

A chilly pattern across the Corn Belt

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%).

Milder, drier weather...for now...across the Midwest

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.

Fair weather except for more rain in the immediate Ohio Valley

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.

A quieter weather pattern emerges

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.

A wet pattern gets underway

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).

An active pattern ahead for the Corn Belt

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.

An active pattern this week across the Heartland

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.

Heavy rainfall in the Ohio Valley; more to come

Across the Corn Belt, heavy rain is causing lowland flooding and bringing renewed fieldwork delays to the lower Midwest. Flood Warnings are in effect for several counties in southern sections of Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Meanwhile, very cool but dry weather covers the northwestern half of the Corn Belt. Friday morning’s temperatures dipped below 20° in the far upper Midwest.

A wetter pattern ahead

Across the Corn Belt, warmth has spread into the Mississippi Valley, but chilly weather lingers across portions of the Great Lakes region. Dry soils in the upper Midwest contrast with wet conditions in the lower Midwest.