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Corn Belt Avoids Fringe Effects of Raging Hurricane Dorian
DES MOINES, Iowa -- As the deadly Hurricane Dorian works its way up the U.S. East Coast, high-pressure systems will help keep the storm’s direction headed northward.
Did you see the deathly destruction that Hurricane Dorian did to the Bahamas? Well, fortunately for the U.S. Southeast, that damage is not expected to be repeated.
It’s because there are two high-pressure systems, one in the Atlantic Ocean and one stretched from the southern Plains to the lower Mississippi Valley, Mohler says.
“In between those two-high pressure systems there is a weakness. So, once the hurricane got to the western side of the Atlantic high pressure, it started to move north,” Mohler says.
The Hurricane was located east of Daytona Beach, Florida, late Wednesday morning. It’s headed along the Georgia coast tonight. Tomorrow, the hurricane will travel along the South Carolina coast. And, North Carolina could experience the hurricane surge Thursday night and Friday.
By Friday morning, the storm should be east of Norfolk, Virginia, and headed out to sea.
The corn and soybean crops in states such as North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and along the I-95 corridor, are growing between 50 and 100 miles inland from the coast.
What’s left of this Hurricane Dorian will be felt in wind gusts along the East Coast.
“Back inland, where the crops are, some downpours will occur, maybe some downed corn from the high winds. But seaports have shut down and will be closed until Friday,” Mohler says.
Hurricane Fernand is reaching inland in Mexico, today, and is expected to fizzle out.
Separately, there is another unnamed storm system located east of Bermuda. That system is not expected to include any land threats.
Tropical storm Gabrielle is located in the eastern Atlantic Ocean.
“That system is expected to turn northwest and then north in the next few days. It could become a hurricane, but it will not be anywhere close, maybe in the middle of the Atlantic at best,” Mohler says.
There is a disturbance moving off of Africa, right now, that has the chance of developing into a storm next week.
The track of that storm, as it moves west, has the chance to reach the Bahamas!
“It’s just too far out to know for sure about that system. Right now, one computer model takes it on the same path as Hurricane Dorian. But this is so far away that you can’t be sure,” Mohler says.
Dale Mohler, AccuWeather meteorologist, says that the first half of the month of September will bring the Corn Belt states periodic rain and mild temperatures.
“Some rain will hit the western Corn Belt states, this weekend, with dry conditions in the eastern Midwest,” Mohler says.
Next week, a slow moving cold front will make its way across the Corn Belt, bringing widespread rainfall amounts ranging between 0.50-1.50”.
“We also see some scattered rains in the 11- to 15-day forecast. When you add up what is expected for the next two weeks, it could total 80% to 100% of normal rainfall for this time of the year. So, maybe even slightly below-normal rainfall,” Mohler says.
Second Half of September
As of Wednesday, the weather models show slightly below rainfall for the rest of the month. Meanwhile, temperatures are seen trending a little below normal, according to Mohler.
Weather experts continue to search for any clue of a Midwestern frost. But, so far, only a scattered freeze is seen for the northern half of the Corn Belt, in early October.
Otherwise, the U.S. Midwest corn and soybean harvest weather is looking average.
“It looks like maybe slightly colder in October and milder in November. So, nothing is standing out, unless we get a couple of weeks where it stays wet consecutively. That could slow combines, but right now we are not seeing that pattern,” Mohler says.