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Midwest, plains to see little rain

Some areas of the Midwest did fairly well on rainfall over the holiday weekend and other areas did quite poorly...which is how I envisioned the weekend rainfall pattern shaping up when I wrote this report back on Friday. Iowa and Ohio had some of the best weekend rainfall totals, as it was not too hard to find places there with over an inch (and then you had extremes to nearly four inches at Dayton).

 Central Illinois has been the driest part of the Midwest ever since the end of June, and that continued to be the case over the weekend with most of that area seen rains of under a quarter of an inch. At least it turned cooler in that area on Sunday, but that came after a four-day stretch of weather in which Springfield had highs of 99-102 degrees (with record highs being set on all four of those days). At this late date in the growing season, one can only wonder how much good rain would do...not that there is all that much in the forecast.

The remnants of Tropical Storm Lee will spread rains into especially Ohio, southern Michigan, and Indiana from tonight through the end of the work-week (good coverage and good amounts of 0.50-2.00") but very little will fall elsewhere. Much of the Nation's midsection will see very little rain in the 6-10 day period. That would include the southern Plains winter wheat belt, where a lack of soil moisture at a time when winter wheat planting is normally taking place is a very serious problem.

 We have seen some lows in the 30s in parts of the Midwest the past couple mornings; Mason City (37) and Madison (39) both made it today. A few more spots in Iowa, southeastern Minnesota, and Wisconsin will probably be in the 30s again tomorrow morning but still not a frost/freeze situation. Cool mornings will again be seen in the Midwest for next Tuesday and Wednesday mornings but still not a situation for a frost or freeze even then.

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