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Scorching temps expand

Warmer temperatures spread eastward and northeastward from the Plains into the western and central Midwest yesterday with highs reaching the 90's to around 105. Some of the warmest readings reported on Wed. include:

  • in IL - Quincy 100,
  • in WI - La Crosse 95,
  • in MN - Redwood Falls 96,
  • in IA - Des Moines 101,
  • in MO - 103 at Columbia and Jefferson City,
  • in northeastern KS - 104 at Topeka, 105 at Manhattan, and 107 in Concordia,
  • in the eastern 1/3 of NE - 107 at Grand Island, 104 at Beatrice, and 103 at Norfolk,
  • in southeastern SD - 99 at Yankton.

Temps topped 110 degrees again yesterday in parts of the Central Plains, with 115 at Hill City, KS. That is the fifth consecutive day with highs of over 110 at that location. In the Delta highs yesterday were in the mid 90's to around 100 in most areas. Highs of 95 to 105 are forecast today in the Delta, as well as a large part of the Midwest. It will be a little cooler in the northwestern Midwest. This hot weather is occurring at a time when crops in much of the Midwest and parts of the Delta do not have a great deal of soil moisture to depend on. Following are listings for the combined percentage of topsoil and subsoil moisture supplies rated in the very short to short categories.

  • In IA - 54% top, 60% sub,
  • in SD - 51% top, 50% sub,
  • in MN - 6% top, sub missing,
  • in NE - 64% top, 69% sub,
  • in KS - 63% top, 71% sub, in MO - 87% top, 85% sub,
  • in KY - 82% top, 75% sub, on OH - 75% top, sub missing,
  • in IN - 91% top, 87% sub,
  • in IL - 84% top, 84% sub,
  • in MI - 70% top, 62% sub,
  • in WI - 45% combined top and sub.

Some of these numbers for the Delta include:

  • in southeastern MO - 95% top, 83% sub,
  • in AR - 89% top, 87% sub,
  • in western TN - 60% combined top and sub,
  • in MS - 64% combined top and sub,
  • in LA - 37% combined top and sub.

High temperatures in the 95 to 105 degree range are forecast in the southern half of the Midwest and the Delta tomorrow into the weekend, with nothing more and a few isolated t-storms. In the northern half of the Midwest temps will be a few degrees cooler during this period, but still well above normal.

Scattered t-storms are forecast in the northern half of the Midwest during this time. Some locations will get beneficial rainfall, but many others will get only light amounts. Our longer term forecast for next week through the 6-10 day period calls for below normal rainfall in most areas, with above to much above normal temperatures. With this type of weather, crops in many of the areas listed above will be significantly stressed at times into early July.

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