The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A mild, dry start to the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend

Locally, windy and unusually mild weather develops Friday, with highs either-side of 60-degrees. The next system will bring with it more seasonal temperatures and periods of rain during Saturday and Sunday. Generally drier weather returns for much of next week.

On the Plains, recent warm, dry weather promoted some late-season winter wheat development.

A mild start to the Thanksgiving Weekend

Locally, the chance of rain will increase tonight and tomorrow in conjunction with a passing cold front.

Cold & dry across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cold, dry weather prevails in the wake of a departing storm. Low temperatures ranged from 5 to 10° Thursday morning in much of the northwestern Corn Belt.

Harvest winding-down across the state

Across the state over the past week, soybean harvest increased by only one percentage point from the previous week to 98 percent.

Windy weather returns

The first half of the weekend should continue dry, while trending milder, as a stout south wind gets even stronger. Shower chances will increase on Sunday as a weak cool front approaches from the west.

Elsewhere, cool, stormy weather will engulf parts of the West.

Harvest delays continue across the far eastern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, lingering snow showers are mostly confined to the eastern Great Lakes region. Elsewhere in the Midwest, cool, dry weather prevails. Fieldwork delays persist in parts of the eastern Corn Belt, including Ohio, where 83% of the acreage intended for winter wheat had been planted by November 6.

A dry October across the state of Illinois

The statewide average precipitation for October in Illinois was 1.79 inches, 1.12 below average. This was the 21st driest October on record for the state, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.

Fair weather returns to the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting late-season fieldwork in the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, dry weather has returned to the southern and eastern Corn Belt, although wet fields continue to hamper winter wheat planting and corn and soybean harvesting.

Fieldwork lagging across much of the eastern Corn Belt

In the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting autumn fieldwork. However, winter wheat planting and summer crop harvesting continue to lag the normal pace in the eastern Corn Belt, where Ohio’s corn harvest was just 18% complete on October 30.

A range of harvest conditions across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather favors late-season harvest activities from the Mississippi Valley westward. In contrast, showers are again slowing fieldwork in the eastern Corn Belt, where corn and soybean harvesting have been delayed by late crop maturation and autumn wetness.