Drier weather, moderating temperatures across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, rain lingers across southernmost areas, including parts of Missouri and southern Illinois. Elsewhere, dry weather accompanies a gradual warming trend. On July 5, corn was rated more than 80% good to excellent in Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin, but less than 50% good to excellent in Indiana and Ohio. On the Plains,… Read more »

Severe Weather Outlook

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A few strong to severe thunderstorms, capable of producing large hail and damaging winds, are expected Wednesday afternoon and evening from northern Kansas northeastward to southwest Minnesota. A more isolated risk of severe storms will extend southward across Oklahoma into western Arkansas and north Texas, with a separate area across northeast Florida and southeast Georgia…. Read more »

Drought easing on parts of the Great Plains

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Coverage reached its year-to-date peak of 40.06% on May 6, but subsequent rainfall across portions of the nation’s mid-section has slightly reduced drought’s imprint. Nevertheless, drought still covers a substantial portion of the central and southern Plains and the western U.S.. On June 3, the highest level of drought— exceptional drought—was noted in portions of… Read more »

Chilly, wet weather expanding across the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, Freeze Warnings were in effect early Wednesday in much of the Dakotas, Nebraska, western Minnesota, and northwestern Iowa. However, fieldwork has been substantially delayed in the upper Midwest due to cool, wet conditions, leaving only a few fields of corn, soybeans, and spring wheat that have emerged. Elsewhere, heavy showers are… Read more »

NOAA: moderate flood potential in Midwest, elevated risk of ice jams

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According to NOAA’s Spring Outlook recently, rivers in half of the continental United States are at minor or moderate risk of exceeding flood levels this spring with the highest threat in the southern Great Lakes region due to above-average snowpack and a deep layer of frozen ground. Additionally, drought is expected to continue in California… Read more »

Drought expansion in the West expands slightly eastward

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Much needed precipitation brought limited drought relief to parts of the Northwest, the Great Basin, and the northern Intermountain West, but drought continued to expand and intensify across parts of California, the desert Southwest and the southern Rockies. Outside of spotty precipitation over southern and western Texas, drought also expanded across much of the central… Read more »

Frigid weather persists throughout much of the Nation

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Across the Corn Belt, frigid conditions persist, with Tuesday morning’s temperatures falling below 0° in nearly all locations. A deep snow cover and snow drifts continue to complicate travel in the central and eastern Corn Belt, where current snow depths include 13 inches in Rockford, Illinois, and Indianapolis, Indiana. On the Plains, bitterly cold weather… Read more »

Life-threatening cold grips the Heartland

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Across the Corn Belt, a life-threatening cold outbreak is underway. Monday morning’s low temperatures generally ranged from -30° in the far upper Midwest to near 0° in the Ohio Valley. Gusty winds accompany the bitter cold, resulting in dangerously low wind chill temperatures. In the eastern Corn Belt, a deep snow cover is insulating winter… Read more »

Drought expansion in the West, Southwest

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During the past month, drought conditions improved across parts of the Intermountain West, Rockies, southern Plains, lower Mississippi Valley, upper Midwest, mid-Atlantic, and Northeast. In most of these areas, the trend toward improvement is not expected to continue through the first 3 months of 2014, and in fact some drought development (or re-development) is anticipated… Read more »

Bitter cold dominates the upper Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, cold weather is maintaining stress on livestock, particularly across the upper Midwest. Tuesday morning’s temperatures again plunged below -20° in parts of eastern North Dakota and northern Minnesota. On the Plains, bitterly cold weather across the Dakotas contrasts with mild conditions farther south. In portions of the Dakotas, snowy, breezy conditions… Read more »