A drier spell ahead for much of the Heartland

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The remnants of Hurricane Odile will continue to influence Southwestern conditions, with an additional 2 to 6 inches of rain expected during the next 5 days in southeastern Arizona and southern New Mexico. Some of the heaviest rain will occur later Wednesday and Wednesday night, as Odile moves ashore and begins to weaken. Meanwhile, late-season… Read more »

Cool, dry weather continues throughout the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures are promoting a slow push toward corn and soybean maturation. Meanwhile, winter wheat planting is underway in parts of the lower Midwest, led by Michigan (4% complete on September 14).   On the Plains, a few showers continue across Texas. Meanwhile on the northern… Read more »

Drier weather settles into the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, dry weather and near- to below-normal temperatures favor a gradual push toward maturity for late-developing corn and soybeans. By September 14, corn reaching maturity ranged from 15 to 25 percentage points behind the respective 5-year averages in Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas.   On the Plains, isolated showers are mostly confined… Read more »

Seasonal pattern for the Heartland

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Remnant moisture from former Hurricane Odile will continue to spread into the Southwest, where heavy showers and flash flooding can be expected during the next several days. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 6 inches or more in parts of Arizona and New Mexico, with lighter amounts farther to the north and west. Meanwhile,… Read more »

Colder air arrives on the northern Plains

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Across the Corn Belt, rain is soaking the upper Mississippi Valley and the upper Great Lakes region. Sharply colder air is arriving in the far upper Midwest, where temperatures have fallen below 50°. Warmth lingers, however, from the Ohio Valley into the lower Great Lakes region.   On the Plains, lingering warmth is confined to… Read more »

An early Autumn-like feel to cover the Heartland

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The season’s first significant push of cold air will continue to overspread areas east of the Rockies. The center of the high-pressure system will move into Montana on Thursday, settle across the north-central U.S. on Friday, and reach the upper Mississippi Valley by Saturday morning. Widespread freezes can be expected on the northern High Plains… Read more »

Much cooler days ahead for the Heartland

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For the remainder of the week, a cold front will remain the focus for widespread, locally severe thunderstorms. The front, currently draped from the Great Lakes region to the southern Rockies, will continue to entrain tropical moisture, leading to event-total precipitation that could reach 2 to 4 inches in the southern Rockies and locally 1… Read more »

Cooler air on the move

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Across the Corn Belt, locally heavy showers stretch from Michigan to Nebraska. Meanwhile, very warm weather across the southern and eastern Corn Belt is promoting corn and soybean maturation. On August 31, corn was 5% fully mature in Illinois, well behind the 5-year average of 24%.   On the Plains, locally heavy rain is occurring… Read more »

Severe Weather Outlook

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The NWS Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a Slight Risk of severe thunderstorms that may produce local damaging winds and marginally severe hail across parts of the Lower Great Lakes and Midwest on Friday afternoon and evening. Convective Outlooks Storm Reports & Summary Page Current Weather Watches & Warnings Map National & Regional Radars

Illinois finishes out10th wettest summer on record

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The 12th wettest August in Illinois finishes out the 10th wettest summer on record. While August was slightly warmer than average, the summer was cooler than average, according to the Illinois State Water Survey. The statewide average precipitation for August was 5.18 inches, 1.59 inches above average. The wettest area of the state was Cook… Read more »