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Active weather pattern continues in large parts of U.S.

03/07/2011 @ 8:08am

Weekend rainfall that was on the order of 0.50-1.50" for the central Corn Belt and 1.00-3.00+" for the eastern Corn Belt, Delta, and Southeast (with several places in northeastern Alabama, far northern Georgia, and far eastern Tennessee getting over four inches) capped off what has been a very wet two- week period for a lot of the area in question.

Especially wet has been the southern half of Indiana, most of Ohio, about the southern third of Illinois, northeastern Arkansas, and most of Tennessee where rains since February 21 have been in excess of 3.5 inches and have locally been over 6.5 inches (which, for parts of Indiana and Ohio, is more than FOUR TIMES what is normally seen during that two-week period).

All of that rain is good news for the northern Delta (where moderate drought was indicated on the latest Drought Monitor map, valid as of March 1) but is clearly too much of a good thing in the eastern Corn Belt where numerous counties in Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio remain under flood warnings here early on this Monday. The active weather pattern of the past two weeks shows no sign of abating over the next two weeks.

 Over the next three days we are looking at precipitation totals of 0.50-1.50" for much of the Corn Belt, with heavier 1-3 inch rains for the Delta and the Southeast. We may see things dry out a bit in the Delta and especially the Southeast for the 6-10 day time frame, but the Corn Belt would stay very wet and it looks promising for moisture again for the Delta/Southeast for the 11-15 day period. Notable about near-term moisture is improved odds for welcome/needed moisture in a part of the dry hard-red winter wheat belt of the Plains. Extreme southwestern Kansas southward through the panhandles of Texas and Oklahoma is still going to get very limited moisture, but today and especially tomorrow will bring the rest of Kansas at least a half inch of moisture and totals could be over an inch for north-central Kansas.

 Even in the 6-10 day time frame there will be more moisture around in the winter wheat belt of the Plains, though again far western Kansas southward may be short-changed with still below normal amounts.

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