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Rain returns to Midwest

Rainfall returned to the southern and eastern Midwest over the weekend, as well as the northern Delta. 

As of early Monday rainfall in the 0.50-1.00" range had occurred from the northern Delta into southeastern Missouri, southern Illinois, southern Indiana, much of Kentucky, and southern Ohio. A second system lifting northeastward the next 24 to 36 hours with will bring more rainfall, some heavy, to the northern Delta and the southeastern half of the Midwest today through Tuesday night. 

Heaviest amounts, in the 2.00 to 4.00" range will fall in the northern Delta, southern Missouri, southern Illinois, and western Kentucky. Amounts of a least an inch will likely fall as far north as a line from east-central Kansas to east-central Missouri, northern Indiana and far southeastern Michigan. 

In far northwestern Midwest, where this fall has been quite dry, little or no rain will fall with this system. All of the Midwest will have a few dry days mid to late week, but a new system will reach the west Friday and areas farther east this weekend. 

In the west, it looks like rain amounts will again be light, but this system will likely slow and intensify as it moves eastward, bringing significant rain chances to the central and eastern Midwest this weekend and possibly into early next week in the far east. The combination of these two systems will not allow for any decent period of drying in those areas of the eastern Midwest were fall harvest continues to be behind normal. 

At the other extreme there does not appear to be much chance for significantly increasing soil moisture in the dry areas of the far northwestern Midwest in the near term.

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