Cold pattern continues across the Midwest

Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies near- to below-normal temperatures, although snow showers linger in the Great Lakes region. Late-planted winter wheat is struggling to germinate in the eastern Corn Belt, where crop emergence on November 30 had reached 89% in Michigan and 93% in Indiana and Ohio. On the Plains, cool, dry… Read more »

Much-needed moisture for California

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Across the Corn Belt, mostly dry weather accompanies near- to below-normal temperatures. A few patches of freezing rain dot the lower Great Lakes region, particularly across Ohio. On November 30, the corn harvest was 93% complete in Ohio, along with 78% in Wisconsin and 77% in Michigan. On the Plains, dry conditions favor late-season fieldwork,… Read more »

A mild, December pattern for the Heartland

A winter weather event from the lower Great Lakes region into the Northeast will end by mid-week. Meanwhile, heavy rain and high-elevation snow will continue to spread ashore in California, where storm-total precipitation could reach 2 to 4 inches or more from the Sierra Nevada to the coastal mountains of southern California. Late in the… Read more »

A cold, dry November in Illinois

November was much colder and drier than average. The statewide average temperature was 34.3 degrees, which is 8.2 degrees below average, and the fourth coldest November on record, according to Illinois State Climatologist Jim Angel, Illinois State Water Survey, University of Illinois. In comparison, November 1976 was the coldest November on record at 33.4 degrees…. Read more »

Cold wave pattern builds across the Heartland

Across the Corn Belt, cold weather has returned. Monday morning’s temperatures fell below 0° in the upper Midwest, increasing livestock stress. Farther south, a cold rain is falling in the Ohio Valley, while wintry precipitation (sleet and freezing rain) is causing some travel disruptions from the Ozark Plateau into southern Illinois. On the Plains, very… Read more »

A mild pattern ahead for much of the Nation

During the next 24 hours, wintry precipitation (snow, sleet, and freezing rain) will spread from the mid- South into the Mid-Atlantic States. However, during the mid- to late-week period, mild weather will overspread much of the U.S., except for lingering cold conditions across the nation’s northern tier. Meanwhile, significant precipitation will arrive in California, starting… Read more »

A milder, but active pattern across the Nation

Over the weekend, rain and snow showers will gradually push southward into the California and the central Rockies as a new storm system intensifies off the Pacific Coast. Five-day total precipitation may exceed 4 inches (liquid equivalent) locally in California’s northern watersheds. However, little to no rain is expected in the Four-Corners Region. A Canadian… Read more »

Winter-like cold still dominates the Corn Belt

On the Plains, a wintery mix of precipitation lingers across Montana and North Dakota, stressing livestock and sustaining disruptions in transportation. Warm, mostly dry weather in central and southern agricultural areas favors late-autumn fieldwork, including the final stages of sorghum and cotton harvesting. Friday daytime highs are forecast to reach the 70s as far north… Read more »

More cold weather ahead for the Heartland

A brief period of weekend warmth will come to an end early next week across the Rockies, Plains, Midwest, and mid-South. Later next week, cold weather will become re-established in all areas of the U.S., except from California into the Desert Southwest. Meanwhile, weekend rainfall will become widespread along and east of a line from… Read more »

Winter-like pattern hold across the Corn Belt

Across the Corn Belt, snow squalls are subsiding downwind of the Great Lakes, but cold conditions persist throughout the region. Sub-zero temperatures were noted Friday morning in the upper Mississippi Valley, maintaining stress on livestock. Snow on the ground continues to hamper late-season harvest activities across the northern Corn Belt and parts of the Ohio… Read more »