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Spotty Rains to Offer Some Relief to Corn Belt

Frost reported in North Dakota on Thursday.

DES MOINES, Iowa -- The U.S. Midwest weather is shaping up to be on the droughty side, despite buckets of spring rains.

For the past two weeks, a wide section from central Iowa to central Indiana has been dry, entering these areas into the beginning stages of a drought. Not much relief from the drought status is in sight for the next few days, according to Rob Miller, AccuWeather meteorologist

“A high-pressure weather pattern will keep most of the precipitation to the west,” Miller says.

Some short-term relief could arrive in the middle of next week, with a storm system moving through the states impacted by drought conditions, he says.

“Some beneficial rains will show up Monday and Tuesday, but not enough to completely overcome the drought,” Miller says.

The temperatures will remain on the cooler side, near term. It will only be typical heat for the Corn Belt, he says.

Following next week, a drier pattern sets in.

Second Half of August

A cold front is expected to arrive in the middle of the month.

“This front will not bring excessive rainfall, but amounts of 0.25 to 0.50 inch, next weekend,” Miller says. That will be followed by a cooler weather pattern the latter part of the month.”

Early September Weather

For the next two weeks, the storm track is expected to be a zonal west-to-east flow, bringing colder air from the Pacific Ocean across the northern tier of the Midwestern states, Miller says.

“That is expected to keep temperatures staying in the normal-to-above normal range,” Miller says.

No Early Frost

Despite north-central North Dakota reporting frost-like temperatures this week, an early frost for Midwest crops is not in the picture, Miller says.

For farmers concerned about an early frost, for now anyway, they can rest knowing the chances are weak.

“At this point, it doesn’t appear likely that there will be an early frost. At least not any widespread or damaging frost.”

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