The Weather Front On-Line

Favorable weather across much of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool, unsettled weather across northwestern portions of the region is slowing fieldwork. Dry, mild weather elsewhere is favoring a rapid pace of summer crop planting and emergence.


Scattered storms to return...

Scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected Monday and Monday evening ahead of a weak cold front approaching from the west.


Windy & warmer...

A Wind Advisory is in effect until 7 pm Thursday.

Very windy conditions are anticipated, with a southerly wind gusting to around 45 mph.


Record corn planting pace across Illinois...

Last week proved to be another busy week in the fields for producers across Illinois.

Corn jumped to 73 percent planted compared to 4 percent a year ago and 28 percent for the five-year average. This surpasses the previous high percent planted for April 25 of 67 in 2005. Soybeans are 5 percent planted compared to the five-year average of 1 percent.


Weather still unsettled...

A weak weather system will drop into the area Monday night and bring scattered showers to areas south and west of I-74 / 72.

Tuesday, the sky will become mostly sunny across most of the area, with a few lingering showers in southeast Illinois early in the day. The sky will then be mostly clear Tuesday night.


Wet and unsettled weekend weather...


Widespread rains ahead for the Corn Belt...

Rain and snow will diminish over the Intermountain West and Pacific Coast States as a large storm drifts shifts eastward. The storm is expected to stall over the central High Plains, producing heavy snow in the central Rockies, while rain and thunderstorms break- out over the Plains and Corn Belt.


Mild, dry weather continues across most of the Midwest...

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry, mild weather favors planting and early crop emergence. Dryness, however, is becoming an increasing concern over the Upper Midwest and eastern Ohio Valley, where soil moisture is limited for crop establishment.


Meteorite sightings in the Midwest...

Beginning around 10:25 pm Wednesday evening, April 14, numerous reports were received of a bright object falling from the sky somewhere in Central Illinois. However, as close as the object appeared, the object was much further away than it appeared.


Summer-like temperatures...

Summer-like temperatures prevailed across central Illinois for much of the first half of April.  Temperatures averaged 10-15 degrees above normal through April 15th with many days seeing highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s.  These readings were more typical of mid-June!


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