July 2020 Corn Belt weather recap

U.S. Corn Belt trended warmer than normal with near-average precipitation during July 2020.

July has now come and gone. The U.S. Corn Belt as a whole trended the fourth warmest and seventh wettest in 29-plus years for the month, trending both wetter and slightly warmer than July 2019. However, when you break the Corn Belt down into smaller regions, there was quite the variation in precipitation this July.

Wetter-than-normal trends were largely located in the central Plains from Nebraska through Oklahoma and in an area from northern Missouri into western Illinois. Meanwhile, an area from western Pennsylvania through northern Illinois and into Iowa trended drier than normal for the month. Western Iowa in particular was very dry throughout the month, which allowed moderate to severe drought conditions to spread across the region.

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Breaking trends down by state, July 2020 trended the following:

  • Illinois – 7th warmest and 11th wettest, warmer than normal, near normal rainfall
  • Indiana – 4th warmest and 14th wettest, warmer than normal, slightly below normal rainfall
  • Iowa – 6th warmest and 10th driest, warmer than normal, below normal rainfall
  • Kansas – 11th warmest and 3rd wettest, average temperatures, above normal rainfall
  • Minnesota – 7th warmest and 4th wettest, above normal temperatures and rainfall
  • Missouri – 9th warmest and 9th wettest, above normal temperatures and rainfall
  • Nebraska – 11th warmest and 5th wettest, above normal temperatures and rainfall
  • North Dakota – 7th warmest and 11th wettest, warmer than normal, below normal rainfall
  • Ohio – 3rd warmest and 11th driest, warmer than normal, below normal rainfall.
  • Oklahoma – 12th warmest and 6th wettest, average temperatures, above normal rainfall
  • South Dakota – 10th warmest and 14th wettest, warmer than normal, near normal rainfall

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