The Weather Front On-Line

The Weather Front On-Line

A cool Summertime pattern for the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, cool, showery weather prevails across the upper Midwest. Showers are also sweeping across the eastern Complex, where severe thunderstorms may develop later Friday.

Cool, mid-Summer pattern ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails, except for a few showers in Missouri. In general, growing conditions remain favorable for corn and soybeans, although crops and pastures are exhibiting various degrees of drought stress Missouri and Michigan, as well as parts of neighboring states.

Cooler days ahead for parts of the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, patchy, short-term dryness persists in several areas, including much of Michigan and a broad area centered on northern Missouri, resulting in an increase in stress on pastures and crops such as corn and soybeans. Currently, widely scattered showers are affecting the eastern half of the Corn Belt.

A favorable pattern shift ahead for the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are primarily confined to the upper Midwest. Drought continues to adversely affect some corn and soybeans in the southwestern and northeastern Corn Belt. On July 8, at least one-tenth of the corn and soybeans were rated in very poor to poor condition in Missouri (17 and 16%, respectively) and Michigan (11 and 10%, respectively).

Favorable weather pattern across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, very warm, mostly dry weather is ideal for summer crop development in areas with adequate moisture. However, topsoil moisture was rated more than one-half very short to short on July 8 in Missouri (69%) and Michigan (59%), leading to an increase in stress on reproductive corn and soybeans.

Warm, largely dry weather ahead for the area

Across the Corn Belt, warm weather has returned, following a brief cool spell. Across the lower Midwest, dry weather favors winter wheat maturation and harvesting. Currently, shower activity is limited to scattered locations across the upper Midwest.

Heat & humidity levels to briefly abate

Across the Corn Belt, mild, mostly dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Pockets of dryness are mostly limited to the northeastern and southwestern Corn Belt; on July 1, Missouri led the Midwest in topsoil moisture rated very short to short, at 52%, followed by Michigan at 28%.

An accelerated pace of crop development thus far

Across the Corn Belt, above-normal temperatures continue to promote a rapid pace of crop development. On July 1, progress for U.S. corn (17% silking) and soybeans (27% blooming) were significantly ahead of the respective 5-year averages of 8 and 13%.

Hot pattern to largely dominate the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, slightly cooler weather prevails in the wake of a weekend heat wave. In Midwestern areas experiencing drought, including portions of Missouri, the hot weather has increased stress on pastures and reproductive corn and soybeans.