Weather Hazards Outlook, July 4 – 15, 2015

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Here is a look at some of the potential or ongoing weather hazards and headlines ahead in the days to come: Much above-normal temperatures for parts of the Northwest, Sat-Wed, Jul 4-8. Heavy rain for parts of eastern Oklahoma, Arkansas, and the Tennessee River Valley, Sat, Jul 4. Heavy rain extending from parts of the… Read more »

Heavy rains across the southwestern Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, showers and thunderstorms are returning from the Mississippi Valley westward, with the heaviest rain currently affecting Missouri. On June 28, Missouri’s topsoil moisture was rated 60% surplus, while planting for both soybeans and sorghum was just 62% complete. On the Plains, cool weather in the Dakotas accompanies a few showers. Across… Read more »

Heavy rains on the move

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During the next several days, the focus for heavy rain will shift into areas from the mid-South to the southern Mid-Atlantic States. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 5 inches or more from Arkansas and southern Missouri eastward into parts of North Carolina and Virginia. In contrast, cool but favorably dry weather will overspread… Read more »

Surplus soil moisture in most of the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, showery weather continues to plague central and eastern portions of the region. On June 28, topsoil moisture was rated at least half surplus in Indiana (66%), Illinois (63%), Ohio (61%), and Missouri (60%). In Missouri, 62% of the soybeans had been planted by June 28, compared to the 5-year average of… Read more »

A cool-down ahead for the Heartland

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A strong ridge of high pressure will maintain very hot conditions west of the Rockies, particularly in the Northwest. Showers associated with the monsoon circulation will be heaviest across the central and southern Rockies and parts of Arizona. Meanwhile, cool weather will expand across the nation’s mid-section. Generally near- to below-normal temperatures will prevail from… Read more »

A contrast of weather across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather favors rapid corn and soybean development across the upper Midwest. In contrast, cool, showery weather is maintaining unfavorably wet conditions in much of the eastern Corn Belt. On the Plains, hot weather in Montana favors winter wheat maturation and the rapid development of spring sown crops. Meanwhile on… Read more »

Cool, wet pattern to cover much of the Midwest Corn Belt

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A strong ridge of high pressure will maintain extremely hot conditions west of the Rockies, particularly in the Northwest. Showers associated with the monsoon circulation will begin to increase in coverage across the central and southern Rockies and parts of Arizona. In some other areas of the West, however, lightning strikes without the benefit of… Read more »

Cooler days for the Corn Belt; still wet

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A final round of heavy rain can be expected later Friday across the lower Midwest, bringing the threat of additional flooding. Scattered showers will return to the Corn Belt during the weekend and early next week, boosting 5-day rainfall totals to 1 to 3 inches or more from the middle Mississippi Valley to Ohio. As… Read more »

Heavy rains cross parts of the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, numerous Flood Warnings are in effect across the middle Mississippi Valley, where another round of heavy rain fell overnight into Friday. Cool, showery weather is also occurring elsewhere in the Midwest, except across the northernmost Corn Belt. Pockets of excessive wetness are most concentrated across the southern and eastern Corn Belt,… Read more »

A cool-off ahead for the Nation’s Heartland

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A developing storm system over the central U.S. will drift eastward, reaching the Mid-Atlantic region by Thursday and Friday. Rain associated with the storm could reach 2 to 4 inches from the middle Mississippi Valley to the Mid-Atlantic States. Shower activity will increase during the weekend in the Southeast, where 5-day totals could reach 1… Read more »