EVENING WEATHER UPDATE - 4:50 PM CDT Thursday, April 16, 2015



MIDWEST U.S. - Today, conditions were mostly dry, with light rain showers affecting southern IN, OH, and southern MI. Also, rain is approaching the IA border from the west, with most totals staying under .1 inches so far today as well. Most highs reached the 60's and 70's, with some 50's in southern MI. For rainfall, the 12Z ECMWF-EPS was slightly wetter west and slightly drier southeast for the 1-5 day period, was slightly drier southwest and central for the 6-10 period, and was slightly drier east for the 11-15 day period. For temperatures, the 12Z ECMWF-EPS was slightly cooler far northwest for the 1-5 day period, was slightly warmer west and slightly cooler east for the 6-10 day period, and was slightly warmer northwest for the 11-15 day period. The current USDA Drought Monitor image shows a decrease in abnormally dry/moderate drought areas in far northern IA, southeastern MN, western ND, and WI. Abnormally dry/moderate drought areas expanded in SD, with abnormally dry/severe drought conditions slightly abetting in southern LA, southern MS, southern AL, southwestern GA, and the FL Panhandle. Also, there was some drought alleviation in the Southern Plains, particularly in western TX, far western OK, eastern OK, and far eastern KS. Conditions stayed the same in CA.

1-5 day outlook(April 17-21) Temperatures will be above normal. Precipitation will be mostly above normal. Light rain showers will leave eastern areas tonight, with the western system staying in western areas Friday. Friday night to Sunday night, a couple waves of rainfall will affect the region. Far eastern and northern areas will see rain on Monday, with some some northern areas seeing rain on Tuesday. Total precipitation will reach .5-1.5+ inches, with the lowest amounts northeast. Highs will reach mainly the 70's Friday, 60's to near 80 Saturday, 50's to 70's Sunday, and 40's to 60's Monday and Tuesday.

6-10 day outlook(April 22-26) Temperatures will be below normal. Precipitation will be below normal, except near to above normal southwest.

11-15 day outlook(April 27- May 1) Temperatures will be below normal, except closer to normal far northwest. Precipitation will be mostly near to below normal.



PLAINS WEATHER - Today, showers and storms developed in southwestern NE, western KS, western OK, TX, and eastern CO. Rainfall totals stayed around .25-.75 inches. Most snow that fell in CO stayed close to the mountains and out of the major crop areas, but some areas near the mountains saw 1-3 inches of snow. There is potential for another 1-2+ inches of snow in areas very close to the mountains tonight. Also, there was a light rain shower near the eastern SD/KS border. Highs reached the mid 40's to 70's in the Northern Plains and 60's to 80's in the Southern Plains with cooler temperatures in CO. For rainfall, the 12Z ECMWF-EPS was slightly wetter far northeast and south for the 1-5 day period, was slightly wetter south for the 6-10 day period, and was slightly wetter south and slightly drier far southeast for the 11-15 day period. For temperatures, the 12Z ECMWF-EPS was slightly cooler far southwest and far northeast for the 1-5 day period, was warmer north and central and slightly cooler far southwest for the 6-10 day period, and was slightly warmer north and central for the 11-15 day period.

1-5 day outlook Temperatures will be above normal east and below normal west. Precipitation will be above normal, except near to below normal far southwest and northwest. A potent system will give rain to everywhere but far northern areas Friday and everywhere but southwestern areas Saturday as the system moves eastward. Rain will linger in the Northern Plains Sunday, with scattered rain showers in northeastern, western, and southern areas Monday and in southern and northeastern areas Tuesday. Snow chances will persist near the CO Rockies through Friday, with 2-5+ inches possible in a few areas very close to the mountains, although most of CO will stay too warm for much snow accumulation. Also, light snow is possible in far northern MN and northeastern ND late Sunday night. Total precipitation will be .5-1.5+ inches in most of the Plains, with lesser amounts in far northwestern and far southwestern areas. Highs Friday will be in the upper 40's to 70's in the Northern Plains and in the 60's to 80's in the Southern Plains. Highs Saturday will be in the upper 40's to 70's in the Northern Plains and in the 50's to 80's in the Southern Plains. Highs Sunday and Monday will be mainly in the 40's to 60's in the Northern Plains and in the 50's to 80's in the Southern Plains. Highs Tuesday will be in the 40's to 60's in the Northern Plains and in the 60's to 80's in the Southern Plains.

6-10 day outlook Temperatures will be below normal, except near normal far southeast. Precipitation will be above normal, except near to below normal north.

11-15 day outlook Temperatures will be below normal, except near to below normal north. Precipitation will be mostly near normal north and below normal south.

Matthew Christy / Meteorologist



                                                           

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Looking forward to next week's report 04/11/2014 @ 8:39am These probabilities are new to me. Why does the soybean yield forecast seem less impacted by El Nino? Prices aren't going to like a big production year, though.

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Days are getting shorter 06/24/2013 @ 7:50am The heat has been good for the crops this past week and I was hoping it would continue for a while. Your projected cool down and the days getting shorter concerns me. A lot of late planted beans. A frost in the first half of September would be very bad. Nice rain last night west of Des Moines. Wind

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