The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are slowing the previously torrid pace of summer crop planting. Among the Midwestern States, only Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio failed to plant at least one-third of the intended corn acreage during the week ending May 3. Iowa led the nation with 54% of its corn planted during the week.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms stretch from Michigan to Missouri. Prior to this rainfall, most of the Midwest had experienced several days of “open” weather, promoting a rapid corn and soybean planting pace.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are confined to a small band stretching from Minnesota to Nebraska. Elsewhere in the Midwest, corn planting is proceeding at a rapid pace, except in areas of the southeastern Corn Belt that remain cool with damp soils.
Across the Corn Belt, very cool weather persists across the eastern half of the region, where scattered frost was noted Tuesday morning. A few sprinkles are affecting the upper Midwest, although soils remain dry. On April 26, Minnesota led the Midwest with 38% of its intended corn acreage planted.
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.
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%).
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.
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.
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.