The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, warm weather in the upper Midwest contrasts with cool conditions across the eastern half of the region. Despite last week’s showers, additional rain is needed across the southern and eastern Corn Belt to prevent further declines in crop condition.
Across the Corn Belt, chilly weather prevails in the lower Great Lakes region, where Monday’s high temperatures will remain largely below 70°. Elsewhere, Midwestern pastures and summer crops are benefiting from recent topsoil moisture improvements, although pockets of unfavorable dryness persist.
On the Plains, hot weather is promoting winter wheat maturation.
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. A few showers linger across the eastern Corn Belt, where recent rains have benefited corn, soybeans, and winter wheat, but have not completely eradicated short-term dryness.
On the Plains, cool weather accompanies isolated showers.
Across the Corn Belt, a cold front is edging across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region, producing beneficial showers and thunderstorms. In recent weeks, dryness has become a concern in much of the central and eastern Corn Belt.
On the Plains, hot weather lingers across southern portions of the region.
Across the Corn Belt, a band of showers and thunderstorms stretches southwestward from Lake Superior. Rain is benefiting emerged summer crops across the upper Midwest. Meanwhile, very warm, dry weather favors soybean planting across the southern and eastern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather favors soybean planting and crop development, although pockets of unfavorable dryness exist.
On the Plains, during the 2-week period ending May 20, the portion of the Kansas wheat crop rated very poor to poor increased from 11 to 22%.
In the lower Mississippi Valley, drought is developing.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered, generally beneficial showers are occurring in the vicinity of a cold front stretching southward from Michigan. The front separates warm, humid air in the eastern-most Corn Belt from slightly cooler, dry weather in the western Corn Belt.
On the Plains, lingering showers and thunderstorms are confined to portions of Oklahoma and northern Texas.