Timely rains in parts of the western Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, locally heavy showers over western and central portions of the region are further benefiting immature corn and soybeans while easing soil moisture shortages across northeastern Iowa and environs. On the Plains, warm, mostly dry weather favors fieldwork and summer crop maturation, though a few isolated showers are lingering across central portions… Read more »

A warm pattern from the Plains, eastward

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High pressure will maintain dry, increasingly warm weather across the eastern third of the nation, though locally heavy showers and thunderstorms will persist along and south of a stalled frontal boundary in the Southeast. Meanwhile, an upper-air disturbance will produce locally heavy downpours in the Corn Belt and central Great Lakes. Heat will prevail over… Read more »

A quiet pattern ahead for the Heartland

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During the next several days, a few showers will linger along the southern Atlantic Coast. Meanwhile, a surge of Southwestern moisture will interact with a cold front crossing the central U.S. As a result, 5-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches from the Four Corners States into the upper Midwest. In contrast, little… Read more »

Cool weather persists across much of the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather prevails. Tuesday morning’s temperatures fell to near 40° in parts of the far upper Midwest. Temperatures and moisture conditions remain mostly favorable for filling summer crops. On the Plains, dry weather favors summer crop maturation and fieldwork, including spring wheat harvesting in Montana and the Dakotas. Late-season heat… Read more »

Favorable weather across the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, cool, mostly dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Clouds and a few showers linger, however, in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. Continuing a summer-long trend, temperatures remain nearly ideal for Midwestern corn and soybeans. On the Plains, dry weather covers most of the region, favoring… Read more »

A warm, dry pattern for much of the Heartland

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During the next several days, the primary weather features will be a cold front crossing the southern and eastern U.S., followed by a mid- to late-week surge of monsoon-related moisture and its interaction with a storm developing over the nation’s mid-section. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches, with locally higher amounts, along… Read more »

A largely favorable pattern across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, mild, mostly dry weather favors corn and soybean development. In the upper Midwest, recently ended rainfall provided a favorable boost in topsoil moisture for immature summer crops. On the Plains, scattered showers are mostly confined to Oklahoma. Elsewhere, dry weather favors fieldwork and summer crop maturation. On the northern Plains, where… Read more »

A warm pattern to prevail across the Heartland

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A developing storm system over the northern High Plains will drift eastward, reaching a position just north of the Great Lakes by early next week. Cool air trailing the storm will overspread the Plains and Midwest— although heat will return to the High Plains by Monday. Hot weather will also prevail across most of the… Read more »

Beneficial rains for parts of the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, several thunderstorm clusters are providing generally beneficial moisture for immature corn and soybeans. However, pockets of flash flooding are occurring in the upper Midwest. On August 16, prior to the current rain event, topsoil moisture was rated 41% very short to short in North Dakota and Wisconsin. On the Plains, widespread… Read more »

An active pattern ahead for the Plains, Corn Belt

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A low-pressure system currently centered over the nation’s mid-section will drift northeastward, crossing the upper Great Lakes region on Wednesday. Showers and thunderstorms along the storm’s trailing cold front will linger across the southern and eastern U.S. through Thursday. In the storm’s wake, most of the U.S. will experience a period of dry weather. However,… Read more »