The Weather Front On-Line
A Nor'easter over coastal waters of New England is bringing widespread rainfall and gusty winds. Winds could gust up to 45 mph near the coast, along with at least 1 to 2 inches of rainfall. Away from the steady rainfall, low clouds and widespread drizzle are likely to continue in these areas.
Dry and warm weather will continue through the rest of the week. Afternoon high temperatures will be in the middle to upper 70s through Friday; which is 5-10 degrees above normal. The next chance for rain appears to be over the weekend.
Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather is ideal for corn and soybean maturation, as well as initial winter wheat planting efforts. However, soil moisture shortages remain a concern in many areas, with the latest U.S. Drought Monitor indicating that 79% of Iowa, 53% of Minnesota, and 41% of Illinois are in drought.
Across the Corn Belt, isolated showers are confined to the lower Ohio Valley. Elsewhere, mild, dry weather is promoting summer crop maturation and initial soft red winter wheat planting efforts. On September 22, Michigan led the Midwest with 8% of its intended winter wheat acreage planted.
Across the Corn Belt, a few light rain showers are mainly confined to the middle Missouri Valley. Elsewhere, dry weather and a slow warming trend are promoting summer crop maturation. On September 22, Midwestern corn maturity ranged from 17% in Minnesota to 57% in Missouri.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms extend along a cold front from the Great Lakes region into the middle Mississippi Valley. The rain is slowing initial harvest efforts but easing dry conditions and providing beneficial moisture in advance of winter wheat planting. Cooler air trails the front into the western Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, late-season warmth prevails in advance of a cold front stretching from Minnesota to Nebraska. Showers and thunderstorms are developing in the vicinity of the cold front—and also near a warm front draped across the northern and eastern Corn Belt—slowing early-season harvest activities but providing relief from recent heat and dryness.
Across the Corn Belt, Frost Advisories were in effect early Tuesday in parts of Michigan and Wisconsin, primarily north of the major corn and soybean production areas. Meanwhile, scattered rain showers are spreading into Iowa and Missouri.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are confined to southernmost corn and soybean production areas. Elsewhere, cool, dry weather favors summer crop maturation. However, some immature corn and soybeans continue to suffer from a lack of soil moisture.