Severe weather expected on parts of the Plains

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Severe thunderstorms are expected to develop over much of the central and southern Plains during Tuesday. Areas most likely to be impacted include a Moderate Risk of severe weather from south-central Nebraska, southward through central Oklahoma. Some of the storms will be capable of producing large hail, damaging winds, and isolated tornadoes. Heavy downpours could… Read more »

A wide-range of weather across the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, warmth lingers across the lower Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys, but cooler air has arrived elsewhere. Some strong thunderstorms are erupting across the southwestern Corn Belt. Among the major production states, Missouri led the nation on April 24 with 81% of its intended corn acreage planted. On the Plains, warmth lingers… Read more »

A wet pattern for much of the Heartland

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A significant risk of severe thunderstorm activity exists later Tuesday on the Plains from Nebraska to Texas. By Wednesday, the severe weather threat will shift eastward into the middle and lower Mississippi Valley. A new storm system will develop across the south-central U.S. late in the week, leading to additional severe weather and heavy rain…. Read more »

Warm, dry weather continues across the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, cool, rainy weather prevails across northernmost areas, including the far upper Midwest and portions of the Great Lakes region. Warmth covers the remainder of the Midwest. In the Ohio Valley, warm, dry conditions are promoting an acceleration of fieldwork. On the Plains, warmth lingers from Kansas southward. In contrast, unusually cool… Read more »

An active weather pattern gets underway

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Precipitation will continue to spread eastward across the nation’s northern tier, while a strong spring storm will emerge from the Great Basin. By mid-week, a low-pressure system will reach the central Plains before drifting eastward and weakening. Severe thunderstorms could be a threat, especially on Tuesday, across the central and southern Plains. Potentially strong storms… Read more »

A slow return to fieldwork in parts of the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather has returned, except for some lingering showers in the Ohio Valley. However, cool, cloudy weather across the eastern Corn Belt, following recent rainfall, is slowing a return to fieldwork. On the Plains, dry weather and warmer conditions are promoting rapid winter wheat development and emergence and growth of newly… Read more »

A rather wet pattern nearly nationwide

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For the remainder of Friday, Eastern showers (locally totaling an inch or more in the southern Mid-Atlantic region) will provide local relief from short-term dryness, while a Pacific storm moving ashore will result in rain and high-elevation snow in northern California and the Northwest. During the weekend, locally heavy precipitation will develop across southern Texas… Read more »

Fieldwork delays in parts of the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, fieldwork, including corn planting, has been slowed by scattered showers. Currently, most of the rain is falling in the eastern Corn Belt. Prior to the rain, on April 17, Midwestern topsoil moisture surpluses were greatest in Michigan (54% surplus) and Ohio (38%). On the Plains, dry weather has returned, except for… Read more »

A wet pattern nearly nationwide

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For the remainder of Thursday and Friday, rain showers will cross the eastern U.S. However, showers and thunderstorms will linger Thursday across parts of Texas. Meanwhile, precipitation will return to the West by Friday, reaching as far south as the Sierra Nevada. During the weekend, precipitation will shift eastward across the nation’s northern tier, with… Read more »

Showers slowing fieldwork in parts of the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are slowing a previously rapid pace of fieldwork, especially in the Mississippi Valley. By April 17, Missouri led the Midwest with 58% of its intended corn acreage planted, compared to the 5-year average of 21%. On the Plains, cool weather prevails. Rain showers linger in several areas, particularly across… Read more »