More rain for the southern Corn Belt

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During the next 5 days, an active weather pattern will result in 2- to 4-inch rainfall totals (and locally severe thunderstorms) from the southern Plains into the Southeast. Late-week rain will spread as far north as the southern Corn Belt, but the nation’s northern tier will remain mostly dry. Many areas from the Pacific Coast… Read more »

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 »

A cool pattern across the eastern-half of the Nation

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During the next several days, chilly weather will dominate the eastern half of the U.S., except across the Deep South. Freezes can be expected into early next week in many locations from the Great Lakes region into the Northeast. Meanwhile, a series of weather disturbances will help to draw markedly cooler air into the West…. Read more »

Beneficial rains for the Great Plains

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Looking ahead, the slow-moving spring storm complex currently centered over the Great Plains will expand in coverage and move eastward, with heavy rain reaching the Atlantic Coast over the weekend. Five-day rainfall totals are expected to exceed 2 inches or more locally from the Gulf Coast to Coastal New England, and severe weather will be… 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 »

A colder pattern to dominate

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Stormy weather will continue over the next few days from the southern Plains to the Gulf Coast, maintaining the potential for strong thunderstorms. Additional rainfall of 3 inches or more is expected to worsen coastal flooding from Texas to Mississippi. Showers will gradually push eastward from the central Plains to the Midwest, with rain reaching… 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 »

Increased wildfire potential on parts of the Plains

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Strong winds and low relative humidity values will contribute to critical to extreme fire weather conditions across the central and northern Plains, Rockies and parts of the Desert Southwest on Tuesday. Fire Weather Watches and Red Flag Warnings are in effect from Arizona to the Canadian border. NWS Fire Weather Page

More wet weather from the southern Plains, northeastward

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Looking ahead, rainy weather will overspread the Southeast over the next few days, worsening problems with excessive wetness. Meanwhile, a second storm system bringing rain and snow showers to the Rockies will advance eastward, promising to bring much-needed moisture to portions of the southern High Plains by week’s end. However, that system will bring additional… Read more »