September Was Cool and Wet for Illinois

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September was 1.5 degrees cooler than average and 0.88 inches wetter than average for Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. The average statewide temperature was 64.4 degrees. The statewide average precipitation for September in Illinois was 4.12 inches. The heaviest rains fell across western and central… Read more »

Cool weather in the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, cool weather accompanies isolated showers. In areas of the upper Midwest affected by the recent freeze, producers continue to monitor immature crops. At the time of the cold snap, on October 4-5, at least nine-tenths of the soybeans were dropping leaves in all freeze-affected states except Wisconsin (78% dropping leaves) and… Read more »

A wetter pattern for the Heartland

For the remainder of Tuesday, showers and thunderstorms will stretch from the interior Southeast into the Northeast. Meanwhile, rainfall associated with Hurricane Simon’s remnants will spread into the Southwest. During the second half of the week, the tropical moisture’s interaction with a cold front could lead to 2- to 4-inch rainfall totals from the southern… Read more »

Growing season ends in parts of the upper Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, cool weather prevails. Scattered showers dot the southern and eastern Corn Belt. On October 4-5, freezes ended the growing season in parts of the upper Midwest, including the Dakotas, much of Nebraska, parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin, and northwestern Iowa. Producers are monitoring the effects of cold weather on immature corn… Read more »

A wet pattern for much of the Corn Belt

During the first half of the week, scattered showers (locally 1 to 2 inches) will affect the South, East, and lower Midwest. By mid-week, rainfall associated with the remnants of eastern Pacific Hurricane Simon will spread into the Southwest. The tropical moisture will begin to interact with a cold front, leading to possibly heavy late-week… Read more »

Windy, much colder air on the move

Across the Corn Belt, widespread showers stretch southward from the Great Lakes region. On gusty winds, markedly colder air is entering the western Corn Belt, where Friday morning’s low temperatures fell to near 40°. On the Plains, widespread freezes covered Montana and Wyoming early Friday morning, with minimum temperatures generally ranging from 20 to 30°…. Read more »

A colder, wetter pattern for the Corn Belt

The National Weather Service has issued Freeze Warnings for Saturday morning across the upper Midwest, stretching as far south as Nebraska and northwestern Iowa. In those areas, Saturday’s freeze will have the potential to harm immature summer crops, including corn and soybeans. Windy conditions will accompany the freeze, resulting in a fairly uniform temperature distribution… Read more »

Warm, dry weather regime throughout the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, late-developing corn and soybeans are getting a boost toward maturity under a warm, dry weather regime. In the lower Midwest, mild, dry conditions also favor planting of soft red winter wheat. On the Plains, very warm, dry weather continues to promote summer crop maturation and harvesting, as well as winter wheat… Read more »

A change in weather across the Heartland next week

Over the weekend, high pressure will maintain dry, warm weather from the Corn Belt into the Mid- Atlantic and Northeast. Meanwhile, showers associated with a surge of Gulf moisture will gradually spread into the Southeast, reaching the southern Mid-Atlantic by early next week. Farther west, a developing storm system will generate increasingly heavy showers across… Read more »

Damp soils across Illinois

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Soils are damp across the state at the end of September, according to Jennie Atkins, Water and Atmospheric Resources Manager at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois. Soil moisture levels at 2 inches average 0.29 water fraction by volume (wfv) across Illinois, slightly below the field capacity for most of… Read more »