More beneficial moisture ahead for the western U.S.

A series of Pacific storms will maintain unsettled weather across the western third of the nation, bringing much-needed rain and mountain snow to drought areas from the Rockies to the Pacific Coast States. Rain and snow associated with the lead disturbance will shift from the Four Corners into central and southern portions of the Plains… Read more »

Typical mid-December weather returns to the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, snow showers linger across the Great Lakes region, where final summer crop harvest efforts are again on hold. By December 14, Wisconsin’s corn harvest was 91% complete — although approximately one-fifth of the crop remained in the field in the north-central and northeastern part of the state. On the Plains, cool,… Read more »

Chance of a White Christmas in Illinois

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, but will it be white?  A white Christmas is defined as at least an inch of snow on the ground on Christmas Day. It should come as no surprise that the highest odds are in northern Illinois, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water… Read more »

A wide-range of weather across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, rain showers stretch from near the Iowa-Minnesota-South Dakota triple point into the middle Mississippi Valley. Mild weather prevails in the eastern Corn Belt, in advance of the rain’s arrival, but wintry precipitation—including freezing rain—is developing across parts of the far upper Midwest. On the Plains, winter storm warnings are in effect… Read more »

A fairly active pattern across the Nation

The early- to mid-week period will feature drought-easing precipitation in California, with 2- to 5-inch totals possible. Toward week’s end, some additional storminess will arrive across northern California. Other parts of the West will receive generally light precipitation, except for some heavier amounts in the Pacific Northwest. Farther east, a winter storm will produce early-week… Read more »

Weather remains unsettled across the eastern Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather prevails, although mostly cloudy conditions and damp fields are hampering corn harvest efforts in the Great Lakes region. On the Plains, dry weather continues. Unusually warm conditions dominate the High Plains, where Tuesday’s high temperatures could reach 60° as far north as central Montana. The warmth has melted… Read more »

A very mild pattern across the Heartland

During the next few days, storminess will be mostly limited to the Northeast and the Pacific Coast States. For the remainder of Tuesday and Wednesday, wintry precipitation will continue across the interior Northeast, while rain will fall along and near the northern and middle Atlantic Coast. Meanwhile, heavy precipitation in the Pacific Northwest will shift… Read more »

A very mild pattern for the Heartland

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A broad area of rain stretching from the central Plains into the Ohio and middle Mississippi Valleys will shift eastward, reaching the Mid-Atlantic and Northeastern States on Saturday. Meanwhile along the West Coast, weekend precipitation will occur as far south as the northern half of California. Early next week, additional heavy precipitation will overspread the… Read more »

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 »