Rains finally sweep through Corn Belt
A slow-moving storm system continued to bring beneficial rainfall to sections of the Midwest the past 24 hours. For the 24 hours ending at 7:00 AM CDT on Thur. most significant rain amounts, in the 0.40 to 1.00" range, fell in parts of southern NE, northeastern KS, the far northwestern corner of MO, from parts of far southwestern into sections of central and eastern IA, far northwestern IL, far southwestern WI, far southern MN, southeastern and parts of east-central SD, and parts of far northwestern IA.
During the past 24 hours, through 7:00 AM CDT today greatest rainfall amounts fell in parts of eastern IA, much of northern IL & parts of central into east-central IL, in the northwestern, north-central, south-central, and southeastern parts of IN, parts of western into central KY, southwestern OH, & a large part of southern MI. In these areas amounts of 0.40 to 1.00" were common with some scattered heavier amounts. Elsewhere in the central and eastern Midwest most amounts were in the 0.10 to 0.50" range.
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Some additional light rain fell in the west the past 24 hours. Additional rainfall amounts the past 24 hours include in IA - Davenport 0.73", Iowa City 0.55", Ottumwa 0.55", Burlington 0.58", in IL - Bloomington 0.84", Moline 1.01", Chicago 1.11", Peoria 0.87", Rockford 0.82", Springfield 0.87", Mattoon 0.64", in IN - Huntingburg 0.66", South Bend 0.75", Valparaiso 0.91", in OH - Dayton 0.55", Wilmington 0.59", Cincinnati 1.23", Springfield 1.15", Hamilton 2.12", in KY - Louisville 1.32", Frankfort 1.61", Lexington 1.02", in MI - Kalamazoo 0.85", Benton Harbor 1.27", Battle Creek 0.85", Grand Rapids 0.64", Flint 0.50".
Clearly many areas of the Midwest received enough rainfall the past 48 hours for some benefit to crops for the short-term, but other areas failed to receive significant amounts. Some significant rain also fell in the northern Delta the past 24 hours with amounts including in TN - Memphis 1.78", Dyersburg 1.73", in AR - West Memphis 0.54", Pine Bluff 0.52", Stuttgart 0.66", in MS - Oxford 0.46". The current weather system will bring some additional rainfall to the eastern Midwest today, with dry weather elsewhere.
Most of the Delta will be drier today also. The forecast for the Midwest does show some rain from time to time this weekend into the middle of next week, but most amounts will be only in the 0.10 to 0.50" range for the next 5 days. During this period similar amounts are forecast for the southern and central Delta, with some 0.50 to 1.00" amounts in the northern Delta.