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Midwest Rains to Follow Flood Warnings

With flood warnings in effect for rivers in three Corn Belt states and more rain on the horizon, soybean planting and wheat harvest delays can be expected this weekend.


For the Midwest, today’s warm weather will be followed by more rain, according to a daily weather outlook from Freese-Notis Weather Inc.

On Wednesday, temperatures will be above normal, except closer to normal in the far northwestern part of the Midwest. Rainfall will be mainly above normal except closer to normal in the southeastern Corn Belt. “Showers/storms will move through northern areas tonight to northeastern areas Wednesday morning, before increasing in northeastern to western areas Wednesday night. More showers/storms will move into western areas Wednesday night and affecting western/north-central areas Thursday and most areas Friday,” Freese-Notis stated in a daily forecast. 

Dan Hicks, Freese-Notis Weather Inc. meteorologist, says that the weather pattern does look wetter, again. 

“The first round of heavier rain will occur from parts of Nebraska and South Dakota into Wisconsin late tonight and into early Friday. For the weekend into next week, more rain is expected over a large part of the Plains and Midwest, he says. “Later next week and beyond, it looks like the southern Plains will be drier again, but an active pattern will continue farther north in the Plains and the Midwest,” Hicks says.

The southern part of the Midwest and far eastern areas will see the best rain chances Saturday and many areas will see showers/storms Sunday. Most areas will see 2 to 3+ field days due to the many rain chances, the weather service noted Wednesday. 

“Five-day rainfall totals will be 1 to over 2 inches in most areas with slightly lower amounts especially in southeastern and northwestern areas. Highs will reach the upper 70s to 90s Wednesday, mid 60s to 90s Thursday, upper 60s to near 90 Friday, and 70s and 80s Saturday and Sunday.”

Looking out into the Corn Belt’s six- to 10-day outlook (June 15-19), temperatures will be mainly above normal. However, rainfall will be above normal.


The month of June is expected to remain warmer but with periods of above-normal rainfall.

“The 11- to 15-day outlook (June 20-24) indicates temperatures will be above normal except closer to normal in the far western Midwest. Rainfall will be mainly above normal except near to below normal south and eastern Corn Belt,” Freese-Notis stated.


For the U.S. Plains states, the wheat harvest activity will battle rain events in the next five days.

Temperatures will be mainly above normal except near to below normal in the southwestern Plains region. Rainfall will be mainly above normal except mainly below normal far southeast and far north. 

"There will be showers/storms in northwestern Plains areas Wednesday, in northern and central areas Wednesday night to Thursday night, mainly in the southern half of the Plains night Friday and Saturday, and mainly in the southern half of the Plains and far northern Plains Sunday. There will be .5 to 2-plus inches of rain in most areas, with .1 to .5 inches in far southeastern and far northern areas. There will be two to four field days in most areas," Freese-Notis stated.

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