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Soggy days on the way

Over the weekend, there were sprinkles and light showers across northwestern Iowa and southern Minnesota. Most reports were a trace to a few hundredths, but Fort Dodge, Iowa, reported .40 inch of rain from showers on Saturday.

Topsoil moisture values in the area range from .298% by volume from Storm Lake eastward to .316% at Algona, Iowa, to .334 % at Mason City, Iowa, and from .327% at Albert Lea, Minnesota, to .345% in Ames, Iowa.

The soils are slightly more moist east of Mason City across northeast Iowa. Today with partly sunny weather and strong southeast winds at 15
25 mph, there could be some pan evaporation amounts ranging upwards to .15 inch. Some farmers may be able to plant soybeans across the region today, tonight, and early tomorrow, but intended corn acres are still too wet in many areas. Several good drying days are needed. Rain is forecast to begin across north-central Iowa and southern Minnesota by midday tomorrow.

There could be some 0.25- to 1.00-inch rains in this region for Tuesday through Wednesday a.m. with good coverage across this region. Some light spotty showers may occur over southern Minnesota and northern Iowa on Thursday with more significant showers forecast for next Sunday. Meanwhile, heavy rains occurred from Friday into early Saturday across Missouri, Illinois, and Indiana. There were numerous reports of 2- to 3-inch rains in central Missouri and 1- to 2-inch rains over central and southern Illinois and Indiana as well as northern Ohio.

The Mississippi River is forecast to crest just under 40 feet on Tuesday a.m. There could be two good drying days before heavy showers are forecast for southern Missouri, and southern Illinois and Indiana on Wednesday. It looks like a cool temperature pattern and regular rain activity will continue across the Midwest for the 6-to-10 and 11-to-15 day periods.

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