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Scattered rains roll through Corn Belt

05/23/2012 @ 8:04am

Heavy storms moved across eastern SD and ND into western MN overnight. Radar estimated rainfall indicated some 0.50"to 1.00" rainfall amounts over eastern SD. These storms should weaken over MN today.

New storms are forecast to begin later today or tonight over eastern NE and NW IA and strengthen over MN and WI tonight thru early tomorrow. Widely scattered showers may develop over southern IL and northern MO and IA on Friday PM. These fast moving storms could further intensify Friday night over northern IL and IA. Showers and thunderstorms may continue to develop northward over MN and WI during the weekend.

It looks like warm, humid conditions will favor outdoor activities over the southern and central cornbelt regions on Saturday and Sunday. Temperatures could be warming to near record Highs in the mid 90s over some of the driest areas of the southern cornbelt region over the weekend. This hot weather could be stressing newly planted and germinated corn and soybeans across the region.

Weather models are in fair agreement that later next week, an area of low pressure will develop southward over the cornbelt and particularly the eastern cornbelt. This could bring cooler temperatures and at least scattered if not widespread rain activity to the cornbelt region during late May and early June.

For the month so far, temperatures have been closer to normal over MI, northern OH, IN, and IL, with above average temperatures over the western and southern cornbelt states as well as the winter wheat states. This time of the year, warm temperatures help to stimulate germination and early growth of corn and soybeans.

A good rain would help out our gardens immensely.


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