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Big rains fall in western Corn Belt

One of the better precipitation events in quite some time was found in the western Corn Belt over the past 24 hours. Precipitation of over a half inch through 7 AM (Central Time) was common for southeastern Nebraska, far eastern Kansas, much of Missouri, the southeastern two-thirds of Iowa, central/western Illinois, and southern parts of Wisconsin.

In fact, it was not hard to find places in that area getting over an inch (such as Rockford, Dubuque, Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, Ottumwa, Kirksville, and Kansas City). Places like Lamoni, Omaha, and Kansas City easily recorded more precipitation over the past 24 hours than they did for the entire month of October.

Speaking of Omaha, some of their precipitation fell as snow with 1.3 inches recorded at the Omaha airport. Precipitation totals were light in the hard-red winter wheat areas of Nebraska, Kansas, and Colorado (mostly a third of an inch or less) but much of that also fell as snow (with over three inches recorded at Goodland).

Most of the rain from our current weather system will fall in southern parts of the eastern Corn Belt today, but it still looks like Ohio is going to see very little so we will continue to get some needed corn and soybean harvesting done there right through early next week. The northern Plains will see some light precipitation from a storm system of the weekend, but clearly the next big storm to watch arrives for Monday to Wednesday of next week. If anything, the forecast for rainfall from that system looks even better today than it did yesterday for the dry areas of the hard-red winter wheat belt and the western Corn Belt.

Just for Monday and Monday night, the eastern two-thirds of Kansas, all of Oklahoma and Texas to the east of the panhandles, and all but the far northwestern Corn Belt will probably see at least another half inch of rain but there is clearly going to be a lot of one- plus inch totals in some of that same area. Precipitation further west in the hard-red belt looks lighter but at least some will fall.

The bad news about that storm is that it will eventually bring rainfall back into the wet eastern Corn Belt and could very well mark the start of another wet period of weather there that may last through the end of the two-week forecast. Any crops that are not harvested in Ohio by around next Tuesday may be staying in the field for quite a while.

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