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Normal temps in longer-term forecast for Midwest

08/01/2011 @ 8:16am

The biggest rains in the Corn Belt over the past 24 hours were in an area that certainly did not need it. Much of Michigan had two to five inches of rain through yesterday morning, but a lot of that same area has picked up another one to two inches of rain (locally up to three inches) during the overnight hours so flooding and ponding in fields is a big problem in a lot of that state.

Some of that rain got into far northern Indiana as well where it was certainly beneficial. Scattered areas of decent rains in parts of northern Missouri and northern/western Kansas also were very welcome; nearly two inches of rain was recorded at Kirksville. It stayed dry the past 24 hours across the southeastern two-thirds of Missouri, the southern two-thirds of Illinois,  the southern three-fourths of Indiana, and all but far northern Ohio and that is the area where rain is needed badly right now after that area got such limited rain last weekend.

 Rain chances will move into that area for today and for tomorrow, and while some lucky folks will get localized very nice rains, amounts on average will be light and a lot of places will get little or nothing.

We will be cutting the heat quite a bit in the Midwest today and tomorrow (after highs were above 100 yesterday for southwestern Illinois westward), but 90s will be widespread again for Sunday through Tuesday and lots of 95+ degree readings in the south. It is for the middle of next week and beyond when there remains a lot of hope for a more favorable weather pattern for even southern parts of the Midwest.

Rainfall chances for Wednesday through Friday of next week might very well be the best in the areas of the Corn Belt that are most in need of rain right now, and there should be further rain chances in the 11-15 day time frame as well. We will start to normalize temperatures for the middle of next week in the Midwest and they look to stay close to normal into the 11-15 day time frame.

Heat is going to remain oppressive in the southern Plains coming up (though Dallas likely will break their string of consecutive days with highs at or above 100 today and tomorrow) and I still see no hope of meaningful drought relief in that area as well.

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