Cold wave grips much of the Corn Belt

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On the Plains, chilly conditions linger across Oklahoma and Texas. Farther north, however, mild air is spreading across the northern and central High Plains. During February, the most significant declines in winter wheat condition were noted in Montana, where the portion of the crop rated in good to excellent condition fell from 58 to 44%—in… Read more »

A wide-range of weather in the Ohio Valley

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Across the Corn Belt, a band of precipitation stretches from the Ozark Plateau into the Ohio Valley. The threat of flooding exists in parts of the Ohio Valley, especially where rain is combining with melting snow. The northern fringe of the precipitation shield features some snow, sleet, and freezing rain. Meanwhile, very cold weather is… Read more »

Mid-Winter look & feel across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, cold conditions persist. Monday morning’s temperatures fell below 0°F in parts of the upper Midwest. Farther east, Ohio locations such as Mansfield, Youngstown, and Cleveland recently completed their coldest February on record. A deep snow cover exists across the eastern Corn Belt, where current snow depths include 10 inches in Indianapolis,… Read more »

Cold wave pattern covers much of the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, frigid conditions are maintaining stress on livestock, although most of the Midwestern winter wheat crop retains a protective snow cover. Friday morning’s temperatures plunged below 0° as far south as the middle Mississippi Valley and fell below -20° in parts of the upper Midwest. On the Plains, cold weather persists. The… Read more »

Frigid weather in the eastern Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, frigid weather lingers east of the Mississippi River. Early Tuesday, some of the coldest weather stretched from central Illinois into Ohio, where low temperatures ranging from -15 to 0° were common. Meanwhile, windy conditions and snow showers are developing in the upper Great Lakes region. On the Plains, mild, breezy conditions… Read more »

Soil Temperatures in Illinois Normal So Far This Winter

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Soil temperatures across the state have been near normal on average so far this winter, according to the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois. Soil temperatures at 4 inches under sod averaged 38.6 degrees F across Illinois for the period of November 1 to February 15, normal for the time period. … Read more »

Cold wave dominates the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, overnight temperatures have again plunged below 0°F in many locations, stretching as far south as the Ohio Valley. Most of the Midwestern winter wheat crop remains protected beneath a blanket of snow, although coverage is thin and patchy in central portions of Illinois and Indiana. Low temperatures continue to stress livestock,… Read more »

Cold wave builds across the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, widespread snow showers accompany an Arctic cold front crossing the Ohio Valley and the lower Great Lakes region. In the front’s wake, dangerously cold, windy weather is maintaining or increasing stress on livestock. Wednesday morning’s temperatures across the upper Midwest generally ranged from -20 to 0°. On the Plains, bitterly cold… Read more »

Very cold air grips the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, frigid, windy weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage. Widespread snow showers accompany the surge of cold air, mainly across the eastern Corn Belt. Thursday morning’s temperatures plunged below 0° throughout the upper Midwest, bringing renewed stress on livestock. On the Plains, a fairly dramatic west-to-east temperature contrast… Read more »

Unseasonable warmth on the western, southern Plains

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On the Plains, unseasonable warmth lingers in central and southern areas, with Monday daytime highs expected to approach 70° as far north as western Nebraska. Wintery weather will develop Monday evening in eastern Montana and the Dakotas. Across the Corn Belt, cool, clear weather dominates much of the Midwest, including the western Great Lakes Region,… Read more »