Favorable weather continues across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, warm, dry weather is promoting a rapid crop development pace. In addition, current conditions are helping to ease the effects of lingering wetness across the southern and eastern Corn Belt. On the Plains, warm, dry weather prevails, aside from scattered showers in western Oklahoma and neighboring areas. Overall conditions remain mostly… Read more »

Cooler days ahead for much of the Corn Belt

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During the next 5-days, heavy showers (locally 1 to 3 inches) can be expected in parts of the Southwest and lower Southeast. Much higher totals (possibly 6 inches or more) may occur in portions of Florida. Some of the Southwestern showers will spill onto the southern Plains, primarily across western Oklahoma and the panhandle of… Read more »

Favorable summer crop weather across the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, heavy showers and locally severe thunderstorms are rolling across the upper Midwest. Elsewhere, warm, humid weather in advance of a cold front favors rapid summer crop development. On July 26, the Midwestern winter wheat harvest was nearly complete except in Michigan (49% harvested) and Ohio (81%). On the Plains, thunderstorm activity… Read more »

A sizeable cool-off slated for the Corn Belt

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During the next few days, a modest push of cool air will overspread the Plains and Midwest, while heat will return across much of the West. Rain will end later today across the north-central U.S., while the focus for heavy showers will shift into the Southeast. Five-day rainfall Southeastern totals could reach 1 to 2… Read more »

Hot weather on much of the Plains

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Across the Corn Belt, spotty showers dot southern and western corn and soybean production areas. The Corn Belt remains free of drought, although excessive wetness is a lingering concern in parts of the lower Midwest. Despite hot, humid weather, Monday’s temperatures will remain below 95°—limiting stress on reproductive crops. On the Plains, hot weather prevails… Read more »

A cool-down ahead for the Corn Belt

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Early in the week, heavy precipitation will provide drought relief on the northern High Plains, where an additional 1 to 3 inches of rain could fall near the Canadian border. Later, showers and a few strong thunderstorms will shift across the Midwest and into the Southeast, resulting in storm totals of 1 to 2 inches… Read more »

Wetter weather to return to parts of the Heartland

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Heat will intensify through the weekend on the Great Plains and in the Southeast, increasing stress on summer crops and livestock. Daytime highs are expected to approach or exceed 100° through the weekend on the central and southern Plains, with highs well into the 90s° from the Delta to the southern Atlantic Coast. Rainfall will… Read more »

Hot weather on much of the Plains

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Across the Corn Belt, early Friday morning thunderstorms are traversing Minnesota and Wisconsin, with rain expected later Friday in Iowa. Elsewhere, mild, sunny weather favors development of corn and soybeans, while supporting harvesting of soft red winter wheat. On the Plains, hot weather (daytime highs exceeding 100°) is maintaining stress on rangeland, pastures, and summer… Read more »

Heat builds on the Plains

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Across the Corn Belt, cool, dry weather favors reproductive summer crops. However, heat is developing across western-most portions of the region, but temperatures in primary production areas remain below normal. On the Plains, developing heat is increasing stress on rangeland, pastures, and summer crops. However, cool, showery conditions are lingering in Montana, while locally heavy… Read more »

Classic July weather pattern across the Heartland

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Increasingly hot conditions will develop east of the Rockies, with 100-degree heat likely over the central and southern Plains during the next 5 days. Readings in the upper 90s, approaching 100°, are also expected across the Gulf Coast States. Despite the widespread above-normal temperatures, showers and thunderstorms will ease the heat somewhat in the Midwest,… Read more »