Rains overspread the southern, eastern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, rain is overspreading the southern tier of the region, with the heaviest precipitation falling across Missouri and southern Illinois. Soggy fields are impeding late-season fieldwork, especially with regard to late-season corn harvest efforts in the eastern Corn Belt. On the Plains, rainy, foggy weather stretches from Kansas southward into eastern Texas…. Read more »

Mild weather to dominate the Nation

Wet weather in California and elsewhere in the West will gradually wane during the next couple of days, with lingering showers shifting into the Pacific Northwest by week’s end. Meanwhile, a new area of precipitation will develop across the southeastern Plains and mid-South, eventually expanding across the South, East, and lower Midwest. In contrast, dry… Read more »

Cold pattern continues across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies near- to below-normal temperatures, although snow showers linger in the Great Lakes region. Late-planted winter wheat is struggling to germinate in the eastern Corn Belt, where crop emergence on November 30 had reached 89% in Michigan and 93% in Indiana and Ohio. On the Plains, cool, dry… Read more »

Much-needed moisture for California

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Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies near- to below-normal temperatures. A few patches of freezing rain dot the lower Great Lakes region, particularly across Ohio. On November 30, the corn harvest was 93% complete in Ohio, along with 78% in Wisconsin and 77% in Michigan. On the Plains, dry conditions favor late-season fieldwork,… Read more »

A mild, December pattern for the Heartland

A winter weather event from the lower Great Lakes region into the Northeast will end by mid-week. Meanwhile, heavy rain and high-elevation snow will continue to spread ashore in California, where storm-total precipitation could reach 2 to 4 inches or more from the Sierra Nevada to the coastal mountains of southern California. Late in the… Read more »

A cold, dry November in Illinois

November was much colder and drier than average. The statewide average temperature was 34.3 degrees, which is 8.2 degrees below average, and the fourth coldest November on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. In comparison, November 1976 was the coldest November on record at 33.4 degrees…. Read more »

Cold wave pattern builds across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, cold weather has returned. Monday morning’s temperatures fell below 0° in the upper Midwest, increasing livestock stress. Farther south, a cold rain is falling in the Ohio Valley, while wintry precipitation (sleet and freezing rain) is causing some travel disruptions from the Ozark Plateau into southern Illinois. On the Plains, very… Read more »

A mild pattern ahead for much of the Nation

During the next 24 hours, wintry precipitation (snow, sleet, and freezing rain) will spread from the mid- South into the Mid-Atlantic States. However, during the mid- to late-week period, mild weather will overspread much of the U.S., except for lingering cold conditions across the nation’s northern tier. Meanwhile, significant precipitation will arrive in California, starting… Read more »

A milder, but active pattern across the Nation

Over the weekend, rain and snow showers will gradually push southward into the California and the central Rockies as a new storm system intensifies off the Pacific Coast. Five-day total precipitation may exceed 4 inches (liquid equivalent) locally in California’s northern watersheds. However, little to no rain is expected in the Four-Corners Region. A Canadian… Read more »

Winter-like cold still dominates the Corn Belt

On the Plains, a wintery mix of precipitation lingers across Montana and North Dakota, stressing livestock and sustaining disruptions in transportation. Warm, mostly dry weather in central and southern agricultural areas favors late-autumn fieldwork, including the final stages of sorghum and cotton harvesting. Friday daytime highs are forecast to reach the 70s as far north… Read more »