The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A wet & active pattern underway across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, previously open weather for corn and soybean planting has been replaced by widespread showers and thunderstorms. Warmth lingers in the eastern Corn Belt, but sharply colder air is arriving west of the Mississippi River. Soils remain too cool and wet in much of the upper Midwest for appreciable fieldwork.

A range of fieldwork progress across the Complex

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms in the vicinity of a warm front stretch from the upper Mississippi Valley into northern Ohio. The front separates lingering cool conditions across the northern Corn Belt from warm, mostly dry weather farther south.

Anything but Spring-like across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, chilly weather and soggy fields remain an impediment to widespread fieldwork. In addition, showers linger across the Great Lakes region. Conditions are somewhat drier in the southwestern Corn Belt.

Anything but Spring-like across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, chilly weather and soggy fields remain an impediment to widespread fieldwork. In addition, showers linger across the Great Lakes region. Conditions are somewhat drier in the southwestern Corn Belt.

Midwestern fieldwork at a virtual standstill

Across the Corn Belt, fieldwork remains at a virtual standstill due to cool, showery, breezy conditions. Tuesday morning’s temperatures are below 40° in the upper Midwest, where significant rain is occurring. During the week ending April 27, producers were able to plant more than one-fifth of their intended corn acreage in Illinois (27%) and Missouri (21%).

Early-season warmth / heat on much of the Plains

Across the Corn Belt, rain is falling across large sections of Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio. Dry weather has returned from the Mississippi Valley westward, allowing for a limited resumption of fieldwork. However, soils remain too cool for appreciable corn planting in the upper Midwest.

Rains return to the western Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, a chilly rain is halting fieldwork across the upper Midwest. In contrast, mild, dry weather favors corn planting and other spring fieldwork in the Ohio Valley. On April 20, corn planting was at least 10 percentage points behind the 5-year average pace in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.

Drier weather briefly returning to the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, showers are ending across the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. Cooler weather prevails throughout the Midwest in the wake of a departing cold front, although a return to dry weather favors a limited resumption of fieldwork.

Chilly weather extends into the southern U.S.

Across the Corn Belt, National Weather Service Frost and Freeze warnings were in effect early Thursday in parts of the middle Ohio Valley. Farther north, late-season snow continues to accumulate in portions of the upper Great Lakes region. Throughout the Midwest, cool weather is limiting spring fieldwork.

Heat on the southern Plains

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather has returned to the Great Lakes region, but near- to above-normal temperatures cover the remainder of the Midwest. Rain showers are mostly confined to two small areas: parts of Ohio and the upper Mississippi Valley.