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 »

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 »

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 »

Cold pattern continues across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies near- to below-normal temperatures, although snow showers linger in the Great Lakes region. Late-planted winter wheat is struggling to germinate in the eastern Corn Belt, where crop emergence on November 30 had reached 89% in Michigan and 93% in Indiana and Ohio. On the Plains, cool, dry… Read more »

A cold, dry November in Illinois

November was much colder and drier than average. The statewide average temperature was 34.3 degrees, which is 8.2 degrees below average, and the fourth coldest November on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. In comparison, November 1976 was the coldest November on record at 33.4 degrees…. Read more »

Cold wave pattern builds across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, cold weather has returned. Monday morning’s temperatures fell below 0° in the upper Midwest, increasing livestock stress. Farther south, a cold rain is falling in the Ohio Valley, while wintry precipitation (sleet and freezing rain) is causing some travel disruptions from the Ozark Plateau into southern Illinois. On the Plains, very… Read more »

Winter-like cold still dominates the Corn Belt

On the Plains, a wintery mix of precipitation lingers across Montana and North Dakota, stressing livestock and sustaining disruptions in transportation. Warm, mostly dry weather in central and southern agricultural areas favors late-autumn fieldwork, including the final stages of sorghum and cotton harvesting. Friday daytime highs are forecast to reach the 70s as far north… Read more »

Winter-like pattern hold across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, snow squalls are subsiding downwind of the Great Lakes, but cold conditions persist throughout the region. Sub-zero temperatures were noted Friday morning in the upper Mississippi Valley, maintaining stress on livestock. Snow on the ground continues to hamper late-season harvest activities across the northern Corn Belt and parts of the Ohio… Read more »