A cold start in the far eastern Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, chilly conditions linger east of the Mississippi River, where widespread frost and freezes were noted early Friday. Daily-record lows for April 24 included 24° in Flint, Michigan, and 28° in Columbus, Ohio. In contrast, mild weather and a few showers are returning to the western Corn Belt. On the Plains, rain… Read more »

Chilly weather across the Midwestern Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, a band of rain showers is crossing the lower Midwest. Meanwhile, snow showers dot the upper Great Lakes region. Wednesday morning’s temperatures fell to near 20° in parts of the far upper Midwest, including the eastern Dakotas. On April 19, Illinois led the Midwest with 15% of its intended corn acreage… Read more »

Mild, drier weather for now in the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, mild, sunny weather dominates the Midwest, warming top-soils for germination and helping to alleviate excessive wetness on low-lying fields. On the Plains, showers and thunderstorms continue from Nebraska to Texas, and severe weather is again possible, though the moisture is timely for winter wheat and germination of summer crops. Spring wheat… Read more »

Short-term drier spell for parts of the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, showers linger over the Ohio Valley, but drier weather dominates the middle Mississippi Valley, where Thursday daytime highs are expected to reach 70° as far north as Minnesota. On the Plains, showers have moved into central and southern farming areas, providing timely moisture for wheat and emerging summer crops. Some of… Read more »

More rain in the lower Ohio Valley

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Across the Corn Belt, flooding remains a concern in portions of the Ohio Valley, and lingering wetness is sustaining slow planting rates across key southern production areas. Cool, dry weather dominates the upper Midwest. On the Plains, Red Flag Warnings are in effect from Colorado to the Dakotas, as dry, breezy weather raises the potential… Read more »

A quieter weather pattern for the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry, breezy weather prevails in the wake of a departing cold front. Thursday’s thunderstorms resulted in localized wind and hail damage across the central and eastern Corn Belt, and a few tornadoes were spotted in northern Illinois and neighboring areas. On the Plains, dry weather prevails in the wake of… Read more »

Clusters of showers & t-storms across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms are occurring in all areas except the upper Midwest, where soils remain dry. On April 5, topsoil moisture in South Dakota was reported to be 67% very short to short. At the same time, topsoil moisture in Ohio was 46% surplus (and 0% very short to short)…. Read more »

Contrasting soil moisture levels in the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, precipitation—heaviest in the Ohio Valley—is scattered across the region. Soils remain dry in the upper Midwest, while wet conditions persist in parts of the southern and eastern Corn Belt. Meanwhile, cool conditions in the northern Corn Belt contrast with mild weather across the southern tier of the region. On the Plains,… Read more »

A variety of weather across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, cold weather accompanies light rain and snow showers across northern parts of the region. Farther south, mild weather prevails. Rain showers are maintaining soggy conditions in the Ohio Valley. On the Plains, patches of light snow dot the northern tier of the region, particularly across Montana. In contrast, warm, mostly dry,… Read more »

Cold, snowy March in Illinois

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The statewide average temperature for March was 38.2 degrees, 3.1 degrees below average, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. These cooler temperatures follow a slightly colder-than-average January and much colder-than-average February. As a result, the year-to-date temperature for Illinois was 27.8 degrees, 5.1 degrees below average and… Read more »