The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

Planting, fieldwork slows across much of the Corn Belt

On the Plains, recovery efforts continue in the wake of the tragic tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Thunderstorms have re-developed across portions of the southern Plains, including tornado-ravaged areas south of Oklahoma City. Meanwhile, very cool weather prevails across the northern and central Plains. Fieldwork remains at a standstill in the Dakotas, where rain showers persist.

Windy, warmer weather overspreads the Midwest

On the Plains, very warm weather continues to promote an acceleration of fieldwork and crop development. Warmth is especially notable on the central Plains, where Tuesday’s high temperatures will again approach or reach 95°. Precipitation (showers and thunderstorms) are mostly confined to the Red River Valley.

A big warm-up to get underway

On the Plains, much warmer weather accompanies scattered rain showers in the Dakotas. Elsewhere, very warm, dry weather prevails. High temperatures above 90° will be common later Monday throughout the region, even as far north as the Dakotas.

Limited fieldwork opportunities across the Corn Belt

On the Plains, dry weather is promoting fieldwork. However, mild weather across the northern High Plains contrasts with chilly conditions across the remainder of the nation’s mid-section. Freezes were noted Monday morning as far south as eastern Colorado and northwestern Kansas.

A contrast in seasons across the Heartland

On the Plains, a band of precipitation stretches from southeastern Nebraska to northern Texas. The northwestern edge of the precipitation shield is falling as snow. The southern High Plains were spared from a significant freeze Thursday morning, but strong northerly winds are resulting in some blowing dust.

A wide-range of weather across the Heartland

On the Plains, cool weather is returning to areas as far south as Nebraska, while unusual warmth persists across the southern half of the region. Monday’s high temperatures topped the 90-degree mark in locations such as Amarillo, Texas (94°F), and Gage, Oklahoma (92°F), and similar readings can be expected again Tuesday.

Lowland flooding at hand in parts of the Corn Belt

In the West, very warm weather in California and the Northwest favors a rapid pace of fieldwork and crop development.

Meanwhile, producers across the central and southern High Plains continue to monitor winter wheat for signs of freeze damage from a series of cold mornings, most recently on April 24.

Across the Corn Belt, extensive lowland flooding persists in several areas, inclu

Lowland flooding continues in much of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, widespread lowland flooding continues from the middle Mississippi Valley into parts of the Great Lakes region.

Midwest fieldwork at a virtual standstill

Across the Corn Belt, a brief spell of warmth in the Ohio Valley contrasts with unusually cold weather elsewhere. A mixture of rain and snow accompanies the latest cold surge, aggravating lowland flooding. Fieldwork remains at a virtual standstill, with corn planting just 1% complete by April 21 in Illinois and Indiana.

On the Plains, very cold weather prevails.

A water-logged Corn Belt in most locales

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms continue Friday morning over the Ohio Valley along the cold front that swept through the Midwest overnight. Flood Warnings are still active from Missouri to Michigan, following soaking rain (local amounts in excess of 5 inches).