An active weather pattern continues

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An active weather pattern will continue into next week, with strong to locally severe thunderstorms expected through Saturday across the central and southern Plains. By May 10-11, the threat of severe weather will shift into the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 8 inches in southern and eastern Texas, while… Read more »

A brief break in severe weather on the Plains

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Across the Corn Belt, cool conditions across the upper Midwest contrast with warm weather in the Ohio Valley. Near the boundary between cool and warm air, showers stretch from Michigan to Missouri. In the eastern Corn Belt, where fieldwork had been previously delayed, producers are planting ahead of anticipated rainfall. On the Plains, mostly dry… Read more »

Wide-range of weather, fieldwork conditions on the Plains

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Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are slowing the previously torrid pace of summer crop planting. Among the Midwestern States, only Indiana, Michigan, and Ohio failed to plant at least one-third of the intended corn acreage during the week ending May 3. Iowa led the nation with 54% of its corn planted during the week…. Read more »

An unsettled pattern to expand across the Heartland

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During the next several days, a pair of storms emerging from the western U.S. will maintain unsettled, stormy conditions across the nation’s mid-section. Five-day rainfall amounts could reach 2 to 5 inches or more on the central and southern Plains, while 1- to 2-inch totals can be expected across portions of the northern Plains, Midwest,… Read more »

A warm, wet outlook for much of the Heartland

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A spell of mostly dry weather will come to an end across the Plains and Midwest. For the remainder of the week, rainfall totals could reach 2 to 5 inches across the central and southern Plains and 1 to 2 inches in parts of the Midwest. Rainfall across the northern Plains and upper Midwest will… Read more »

A wetter Corn Belt pattern gets underway

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Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers and thunderstorms stretch from Michigan to Missouri. Prior to this rainfall, most of the Midwest had experienced several days of “open” weather, promoting a rapid corn and soybean planting pace. On the Plains, generally beneficial showers and thunderstorms stretch from South Dakota to western Texas. However, a few of… Read more »

Beneficial moisture ahead for the Plains

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Rain—locally totaling 1 to 2 inches—will fall across the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States into Friday, followed by a brief period of relatively tranquil weather nearly nationwide. During the weekend and early next week, however, precipitation will increase from the Intermountain West into the Midwest, likely providing beneficial moisture for winter grains and spring-sown crops across… Read more »

Favorable weather across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, scattered showers are confined to a small band stretching from Minnesota to Nebraska. Elsewhere in the Midwest, corn planting is proceeding at a rapid pace, except in areas of the southeastern Corn Belt that remain cool with damp soils. On the Plains, mild, mostly dry weather favors winter wheat development and… Read more »

Warm & wet across the Plains & Corn Belt

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Rain—locally totaling 1 to 2 inches—will fall across the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States into Friday, followed by a brief period of relatively tranquil weather nearly nationwide. During the weekend and early next week, however, precipitation will increase from the Intermountain West into the Midwest, likely providing beneficial moisture for winter grains and spring-sown crops across… Read more »

Dry weather across the Corn Belt

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Across the Corn Belt, corn and early-season soybean planting activities are accelerating under a dry weather regime, despite lingering cool conditions in the vicinity of the Great Lakes. On the Plains, dry weather accompanies a warming trend. The most anomalous warmth is overspreading Montana, where Wednesday’s high temperatures will locally exceed 80°. Soil moisture shortages… Read more »