The Weather Front On-Line

More rain needed across the central and southern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting corn and soybean development, although pockets of developing drought exist. One of the driest parts of the Midwest stretches from southern Iowa into central Indiana.


Cooler air settles into the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, a cold front has exited southern and eastern portions of the region. In the front’s wake, cooler, drier air is overspreading the Midwest. Indianapolis, Indiana, which experienced a record-dry July, will probably see its record-setting, 23-day (July 17 – August 8) streak of 90-degree readings end Tuesday.


Heat abating across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, beneficial showers and thunderstorms are overspreading areas west of the Mississippi River. Meanwhile, unfavorably hot weather persists across the southern tier of the region, including the Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys.


Cooler, less humid days ahead...

During the next 5 days, excessively hot and oppressively humid conditions will persist across the south-central and southeastern U.S., while progressively cooler and less humid air will overspread the central Plains and the Midwest.


A wetter pattern ahead

Tropical system “Emily”, currently over the Caribbean Sea will approach the southeastern U.S. by week’s end. Emily’s size, strength, and track will determine U.S. impacts, including how much rain will fall.


Heat & humidity cover the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, thunderstorms are replenishing soil moisture reserves across northern crop areas, but unfavorably hot, dry conditions are stressing corn and soybeans across the remainder of the Midwest.


Heat, humidity to expand (again) across most of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a surge of heat is bringing renewed stress to corn and soybeans, especially in areas that have been trending dry in recent weeks. Meanwhile, thunderstorms are crossing the far upper Midwest, including the eastern Dakotas and central Minnesota.


A range of weather across the Heartland...

On the Plains, relentless heat and devastating drought persist across the southern half of the region, with Texas’ rangeland and pastures currently rated 91% poor to very poor. In contrast, cool, showery weather on the northern Plains continues to delay crop development.


Devastating drought covers the southern-half of the Plains...

On the Plains, relentless heat and devastating drought conditions persist across roughly the southern half of the region. From 1995-2010, the coverage of Texas rangeland and pastures in very poor to poor condition peaked at 81% in August 1998 and 2006; coverage currently stands at 91%.


Much-needed rain falls across part of the Corn Belt...

Across the Corn Belt, temperatures have fallen to near- to slightly above-normal levels, following last week’s heat wave. In addition, weekend locally heavy showers provided some much-needed moisture for reproductive corn and soybeans in an area of emerging dryness stretching from eastern Iowa into the lower Great Lakes region.


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