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New weather extreme: Flooding
Flash Flood Warnings have been posted for sections of northeast Mo, southeast Ia and northwest Il as locally heavy rains occurred yesterday and last night. Lamoni, Ia reports 4.13", Ottumwa, Ia reports 5.25", Cedar Rapids,Ia reports 4.56", Moline, Il reports 2.71", Rockford,Il reports 4.45", Peoria, Il reports 2.95" and Bloomington, Il reports 3.44" thru 7AM this morning.
Today and tonight additional rainfall totals of 2" to 3" are possible further south across central Il bringing some rainfall totals close to 6" in a few locations. Southeast Il should see 1 to 3" of rain later today and tonight. Major flooding is forecast for areas along the Illinois and Spoon River over the next several days. The Mississippi River stage at St Louis, Mo is now forecast to rise to 38.4 ft where moderate flooding is forecast. Meanwhile snow was moving into northwest Ia. A 3-5" inch snowfall is possible over the extreme northwestern part of the state of Ia today and tonight.
Cool wet weather is forecast to continue across the corn belt states next week. Some drying may be seen in the northwestern sections of the corn belt next week. The median number of days suitable for fieldwork in central Ia from April 2 to June 3rd is 36.5. The median number of days from April 2nd to April 22nd is approximately 10. We've had only a few days of fieldwork so far this month so already we are behind by 5 or more days.
In the spring of 2002, there were approximately 25 days suitable for fieldwork in central Ia, as the spring was wet. Unless May turns drier, It does not seem too far fetched to think that some areas of the midwest will have less than 25 suitable field working days between now and early June. Early AM temperatures were in the twenties across eastern Co, western Ks and the Tx and Ok panhandle this morning.
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