Rains again re-developing in parts of the Midwest

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Across the Corn Belt, conditions remain mostly favorable for summer crop development, despite pockets of excessive wetness in the southern and eastern Corn Belt. Currently, showers and thunderstorms are returning to an area stretching from eastern Nebraska into parts of northern and central Illinois. On June 21, topsoil moisture was rated at least half surplus… Read more »

A pattern change ahead across the Heartland

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For the remainder of the week, cold fronts crossing the northern U.S. will continue to spark scattered showers and locally severe thunderstorms. Late in the week, on June 26-27, rainfall activity will become more concentrated from the Ohio Valley into the Mid-Atlantic States. As a result, 5-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 5 inches… Read more »

Dry weather (for now) across the Corn BeltMidwest

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Across the Corn Belt, cooler, mostly dry weather prevails in the wake of a cold front’s passage, although a few thunderstorms linger in the lower Great Lakes region. Recovery efforts are underway in areas affected by Monday’s severe weather outbreak, which included damaging winds and isolated tornadoes. On the Plains, mostly dry weather favors crop… Read more »

A change in weather across parts of the Heartland

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During the next 5 days, a pair of cold fronts crossing the northern half of the U.S. will generate widespread showers and locally severe thunderstorms in the northern Plains, Midwest, and Northeast. Rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches in the Midwest and 1 to 2 inches across the northern Plains and the Northeast…. Read more »

Storms on the move across parts of the central Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, a thunderstorm complex with a long history of producing heavy rain, large hail, and local wind damage is moving into the upper Mississippi Valley. Across the remainder of the Midwest, warm, humid weather prevails in advance of a cold front. Pockets of lowland flooding persist in the wake of Tropical Depression… Read more »

A wet pattern to persist across the Midwest

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Tropical Depression Bill will move through the Ohio Valley over the next few days as it gradually loses its tropical characteristics. The storm remnants will generate additional heavy rain (2 inches or more locally) from the southern Corn Belt to the mid-Atlantic Region before exiting the region. Meanwhile, scattered, locally heavy showers will descend from… Read more »

Heavy rains in parts of the southern Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, moisture from the weakening tropical depression stretches from Missouri to the Ohio Valley, and much of the region is under a threat of flooding. On the Plains, rain has ended in southern areas hit hard by the recent tropical rains, although flooding remains an issue in many areas. This is especially… Read more »

Big rains ahead for the central, southern Corn Belt

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Tropical Depression Bill will remain a focus for heavy rain, totaling 3 to 6 inches or more, while crossing the southeastern Plains, mid-South, and the Ohio Valley. During the weekend, Bill’s remnants could result in locally heavy showers in the Mid-Atlantic States. Elsewhere, 5-day rainfall totals could reach 1 to 2 inches in the upper… Read more »

Abundant soil moisture across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, widespread showers are slowing fieldwork but maintaining adequate to abundant moisture reserves for corn and soybeans. On June 14, topsoil moisture was rated at least half surplus in Missouri (55%) and Michigan (53%). Currently, some of the heaviest rain is falling from Ohio to Missouri. On the Plains, most areas are… Read more »

Excess rains ahead for parts of the southern Plains, Midwest

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Late Tuesday morning, Tropical Storm Bill will cross the Texas coast, bearing gusty winds and an increasing threat of flooding rains. On its expected path from eastern Texas into the middle Mississippi Valley, “Bill” could drop at least 4 to 8 inches of rain—and trigger widespread flooding—in areas where rivers are still running high in… Read more »