The Weather Front On-Line
Across the Corn Belt, cool weather lingers in wake of a cold front's passage. In addition, showery conditions persist in the lower Great Lakes region. However, Midwestern corn and soybeans are faring reasonably well, except in flooded lowlands.
Across the Corn Belt, late-season soybean planting continues in eastern areas, as conditions permit. By June 19, Indiana’s soybeans were 90% planted. Meanwhile, cool, wet weather is engulfing the northern and western Corn Belt, maintaining abundant moisture reserves but halting fieldwork and causing local flooding.
Locally, a frontal boundary will push into and linger across the region for Friday and Saturday. Disturbances moving along the front will provide a periodic risk of showers and thunderstorms. Temperatures are to become increasingly warmer, coupled with a rise in humidity, heading into the weekend.
Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are maintaining generally favorable moisture levels for emerged summer crops. However, wet conditions are slowing late-season corn and soybean planting efforts.
Across the Corn Belt, thunderstorms in the vicinity of a cold front stretch from the lower Great Lakes region into Iowa. The storms are gradually closing a window of opportunity for late-season planting efforts in the eastern Corn Belt. Much cooler air trails the cold front.
The statewide average rainfall for Illinois in May was 5.6inches, 1.3 inches above average. Combined with the 2.8 inches in March and 7.3 inches in April, the total rainfall for this spring was 15.7 inches. This is the seventh wettest spring on record since 1895 and 4.3 inches above average, according to the Illinois State Water Survey.
Across the Corn Belt, warm air is spreading northward, although relatively cool conditions linger in the Great Lakes region and the Dakotas. Late-season planting continues to quickly advance, particularly in the eastern Corn Belt, while scattered showers and thunderstorms dot the upper Midwest.