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Wild weather continues

The past 24 hours has produced a history-making storm system in the Midwest, and its effects are not over with for the region just yet. Both Wisconsin and Minnesota set new all-time records for lowest barometric pressure ever recorded. At International Falls, the pressure dropped to 956 millibars (previous record was just above 962 millibars), or the type of pressure that one often sees in a CAT-3 strength hurricane.

Some residents of the Midwest probably thought that they were in a hurricane yesterday as winds gusted to over 50 miles per hour in many places. Making matters worse in North Dakota was snow that was falling, which created blizzard conditions there that are still ongoing today. I can find a snowfall amount of as high as eight inches at Harvey, ND. With 45 percent of the North Dakota corn crop still left to be harvested as of this past Sunday, we probably have seen some losses to that crop in that state given those weather conditions.

See the current wind conditions map

In the eastern Corn Belt this weather system produced a lot of severe weather, with tornadoes since yesterday morning report in Indiana and Ohio, along with countless numbers of wind damage reports. At least that system did produce welcome rain for that area, with excellent coverage of 0.25-1.00" amounts for Michigan, Indiana, and Ohio (with amounts even better than that over especially southeastern Ohio).

This same storm system is going to produce another very windy day in the Midwest for this Wednesday, with high wind warnings posted for most areas north of Interstate 80. Blizzard warnings are still up for a good part of North Dakota where another one to three inches of snow will fall today. Things will calm down tomorrow, and no further big storms are forecast for the Midwest (though the eastern part of the Nation could see a very big storm late next week).

This is not a wet weather pattern coming up for the Nation's midsection, clearly bad news for especially the western Kansas winter wheat crop where dry conditions are probably the worst right now.

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