Dry weather continues into October for the Corn Belt
The final week of September, week-ending October 1, was the fourth coldest and third driest in over 30 years for the United States Corn Belt, according to data from WeatherTrends360. A cold end to September brought frosts mainly across the Upper Midwest and northern Great Lakes coinciding with the timing of the average first frost of the season for these areas.
A dry end to September for much of the Corn Belt with more drought expansions than retractions for much of the Central United States and interior Southeast. The dry weather will help to get harvest rolling as crops become mature. Far eastern portions of the Corn Belt received rain over the first weekend of October as remnants of Hurricane Ian moved inland.
September ended up being the 13th warmest and 11th driest September in 30+ years for the Corn Belt. Summer-like weather in the first half of the month gave way to a brief spell of much cooler temperatures mid-month, which coincided with some increased rainfall for the Corn Belt. However, warmer weather quickly returned in the latter half of September before finally submitting to cooler, more autumn-like weather in the final week of the month.
The first week of October, week-ending October 8, will be the 11th coldest and one of the driest in 30+ years for the Corn Belt, according to data from WeatherTrends360. A more widespread frost and freeze event is possible in the second half of the week with the focus likely being across the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes region once again but could certainly extend into parts of the Corn Belt.
Otherwise, the weather will be tame to start October in the Corn Belt. Another dry week is in store for the Corn Belt, which is sure to expand drought conditions, but is favorable for fieldwork.
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