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Rain chances 'a slow process'

08/03/2011 @ 8:12am

Hot temperatures continued to put a lot of stress on corn and soybean crops in the Midwest yesterday. That was especially the case in Kansas, Missouri, southwestern Illinois, and far southern Iowa where highs above 100 degrees were commonplace. We are now in the midst of improving temperature conditions for the region and that is going to last into the middle of the month.

Look for highs above 90 to be generally south of Iowa through the weekend, and most of the 100+ degree heat in that period will be in southeastern Kansas, southern Missouri, and points southward. For the 6-10 and 11-15 day time frames, all of the Midwest is forecast to see temperatures averaging close to normal (maybe even a few days of below normal temperatures every once in a while for scattered areas in the north). To truly improve conditions in the Midwest though, we need to see a widespread soaking rain to go along with those better temperatures.

There is rain in the forecast, but likely will be a slow process towards getting everyone the rain that they want and need. Rains will work into far western and southwestern parts of the Midwest for later today and tonight, and spread eastward from there for the rest of the work-week. Look for areas north of Interstate 80 in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio (and points northward) to see just light and scattered rains the next five days, and the same is true for areas south of Interstate 70 in Kansas and Missouri.

The rest of the Midwest has chances for 0.50-1.00" rains, but quite possibly even heavier than that for areas along the Kansas/Nebraska border. Various chances for rain in the 6-10 day time frame gives the Midwest a forecast of normal to above-normal rains in that period, but again likely a slow process to get everyone a decent rain.


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