A broad area of high pressure will continue to provide pleasant conditions through mid- this week. Lot’s of sunshine is expected, although some cloudiness from the remnants of “Lee” may affect areas to the south and east. A fresh breeze will also prevail from the north, increasing to 15 to 25 mph during the mid-day and afternoon hours.
Across the Corn Belt, the season’s first significant cold front is crossing the upper Midwest, preceded and accompanied by locally heavy showers and thunderstorms. Meanwhile, hot, dry weather is maintaining stress on filling corn and soybeans across the southern and eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, beneficial showers are ending across eastern portions of the region. Recent and ongoing Midwestern rainfall is benefiting pastures and filling summer crops, but largely bypassed some of the driest areas of the southern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms west of the Mississippi River are providing beneficial moisture for filling corn and soybeans. Pockets of drought persist, however, across the southern and eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, pockets of dryness continue to stress some Midwestern summer crops. In areas with adequate soil moisture reserves, corn and soybeans are filling under favorably warm, dry conditions.
Across the Corn Belt, unfavorable dryness persists in some other parts of the Midwest, particularly from southeastern Iowa into central Indiana.
On the Plains, small grain harvest activities are advancing on the northern Plains, but historically dry conditions persist in much of the south-central U.S.
Across the Corn Belt, thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front are crossing the upper Mississippi Valley, causing local wind damage but providing beneficial moisture for corn and soybeans. Unfavorable dryness persists in some other parts of the Midwest, particularly from southeastern Iowa into central Indiana.
Across the Corn Belt, a few showers and thunderstorms are confined to areas west of the Mississippi River. Across the eastern Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to slightly below-normal temperatures favor summer crop development. However, dryness remains a concern in some areas, including a strip from southeastern Iowa into central Indiana.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms this morning in Illinois and Missouri are providing moisture for reproductive to filling summer crops. Elsewhere, generally sunny skies and seasonable temperatures favor corn and soybean development.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered, mostly light showers are developing in western and northern growing areas, favoring reproductive summer crops. Sunny skies and seasonable temperatures prevail in the Ohio Valley.