2012 was warmer and drier than normal across central and southeast Illinois. Some of the highlights included the warmest March on record, and a summer which was one of the hottest in recent memory. Drought conditions rapidly developed during the late spring and summer, and severely impacted area crops and lawns.
While much of the area saw some easing of the drought duri
A strong winter storm system is expected to push out of the southern Plains late today and track across central Illinois tomorrow.
Ahead of this system rain and thunderstorms will develop Wednesday night which will change over to snow tomorrow morning west of the Illinois River, and over the remainder of the area tomorrow afternoon.
Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails, except for a few areas of snow west of the Mississippi River and some lingering rain in the lower Great Lakes region.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a warming trend. Friday’s high temperatures will approach 60° in the southern Corn Belt. Some snow remains on the ground, however, in the upper Midwest; current snow depths include 6 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and an inch in Madison, Wisconsin.
On the Plains, mild, dry weather prevails, despite an increase in cloudiness.
Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails, except for some lingering cold conditions across the snow-covered far upper Midwest. Current snow depths include 6 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and 2 inches in Grand Forks, North Dakota.
On the Plains, cold weather is generally confined to the Dakotas.
Across the Corn Belt, a few wind-blown snow showers linger across the upper Midwest in the wake of a departing storm. Current snow depths include 9 inches in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, and 2 inches in both Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Madison, Wisconsin. Monday morning’s temperatures fell below -10° in portions of the far upper Midwest.
Across the Corn Belt, unusually mild weather prevails. Rain is disrupting off-season fieldwork in parts of the southern and eastern Corn Belt. Some of the heaviest rain is falling in the Ohio Valley.
On the Plains, some light snow is developing across the Dakotas.
Across the Corn Belt, mild, dry weather prevails in advance of an approaching cold front. Monday’s high temperatures will exceed 70° in the southern Corn Belt, promoting off-season fieldwork.
On the Plains, a cold front stretching from the eastern Dakotas to western Texas is producing gusty winds.
Across the Corn Belt, chilly conditions linger in the Great Lakes region. Elsewhere in the Midwest, mild, dry weather favors final harvest efforts and off-season fieldwork activities.
On the Plains, mild, dry weather is maintaining significant stress on pastures, rangeland, and winter wheat.
Across the Corn Belt, dry weather accompanies a slow warming trend. Still, Wednesday morning’s temperatures fell below 25° throughout the Corn Belt, with a few readings near 10°F in the upper Midwest. There are still a few fields left to harvest in the eastern Corn Belt; by November 25, the corn harvest was 97% complete (versus the 5-year average of 89%) in Michigan and 95% complete (vs.