The Weather Front On-Line
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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%.
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.