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Rain chances look slim
If you are located in the Nation's midsection and your crops need and could still benefit from a big, soaking rain...chances are good that when you next see such a rain, it will be too late on the calendar for that rain to be of any good to your crops. There is very limited rain in the forecast through the middle of the country for the rest of this month and into the early part of September.
A few light showers may be seen in western parts of the Midwest tomorrow, and the northwestern half of the Midwest may see some light showers from Saturday night through early Monday, but even there the rain amounts and coverage will be poor. Any rain of note in the 6 to 10 day period will be for the far northwestern Corn Belt and northern Plains (where it will be normal to above normal but not exceedingly heavy), with very little expected for the rest of the Nation's midsection.
With all of this in mind, we look to continue an amazingly dry stretch of weather in the Midwest that has been no worse than in the central third of Illinois, where a lot of areas have not seen a soaking rain since June 27. Springfield actually got 0.17" yesterday with an isolated thundershower, but that brought their August rainfall total to only about a quarter inch and that location has still had under 1.5 inches since June 28. Also notable about today's forecast is that it looks like a very warm or even hot start to the month of September.
Temperatures are going to be fairly cool in the Midwest for the next six days, especially for Sunday through Tuesday when a lot of places will not see highs get out of the 70s, but it will be warmer on Wednesday and lots of 90s in the Midwest will be seen heading into the Labor Day weekend (but probably cooling again after Labor Day).
Hurricane Irene still looks to be a historic storm for the mid-Atlantic, the Northeast, and New England for the coming weekend with very high winds, big surf (creating massive beach erosion) and rain that may be as much as a foot in places that are already very wet from rains earlier this month.
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