The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms precede and accompany a cold front’s passage. Cool weather is returning to the upper Midwest, but warmth lingers in the Ohio Valley. Portions of the region, especially across the western Corn Belt, still have limited soil moisture for corn and soybean development.
Across the Corn Belt, a broken band of shower activity stretches from the Great Lakes region into the lower Missouri Valley. The rain is providing some relief from short-term dryness in the southwestern Corn Belt. Cool air trails the showers into the upper Midwest, where Friday’s lows ranged from 50 to 60°.
Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms are maintaining generally favorable conditions for corn and soybeans. However, short-term dryness is increasing stress on reproductive summer crops in some areas, including much of Iowa, northern parts of Illinois and Missouri, and eastern Nebraska.
Across the Corn Belt, an approaching cold front is generating scattered showers and thunderstorms. Shower activity is most significant in the Great Lakes region. In advance of the storminess, heat and short-term rainfall deficits are maintaining stress on reproductive corn and soybeans in the southwestern Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, Heat Advisories remain in effect for the combination of hot weather and high humidity. Thursday’s high temperatures will again range from 90 to 95° in many areas, except 95 to 100° in parts of the western Corn Belt.
Across the Corn Belt, hot, dry weather favors a rapid crop development pace. Wednesday’s high temperatures will range from 90 to 95°—accompanied by humid conditions—across the majority of the Midwest, prompting the issuance of Heat Advisories.
On the Plains, a Flash Flood Watch remains in effect in western and central Texas, where showers continue. However, rain is also providing relief to drought-stressed rangeland, pastures, and summer crops. In contrast, dry weather prevails on the northern and central Plains.
On the Plains, locally heavy rain in parts of Oklahoma and Texas is providing much-needed moisture for rangeland, pastures, and summer crops. However, enough rain has fallen in some areas to trigger flash flooding. In Waco, Texas, more than 4 inches of rain has fallen in the last 24 hours. In contrast, mostly dry weather prevails on the northern and central Plains.
Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather is promoting a rapid crop development pace. Earlier-planted corn and soybeans have entered the weather-sensitive reproductive stage of development under generally favorable conditions. However, a few dry pockets have begun to develop in the southwestern Corn Belt.