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Tropical depression could bring heavy rainfall to the eastern Corn Belt
This week was the official start of the hurricane season in the Atlantic, with a tropical depression developing in the far southern Gulf of Mexico, Maxar reported.
“This system is expected to move very little over the next day or so but should begin to move northward this weekend. The ultimate track of this system is still very uncertain, but some models are showing the potential for it to bring heavy rainfall to portions of the Delta and southern Midwest,” says meteorologist Kyle Tapley of Maxar.
Dennis Todey, USDA Midwest Climate Hub director agrees, stating the tropical system has a chance of bringing some heavier rainfalls to the eastern part of the Corn Belt.
“The rainfall may even be ahead of the tropical system,” says Todey. “There is some potential for heavier rainfall over the next week to 10 days – specifically in the eastern part of the Corn Belt in states such as Missouri, Kansas, and up into Nebraska.”
Warmer temperatures to continue next Week, cooldown to come mid-June
In more recent weeks, Todey states, conditions in the Corn Belt have been relatively favorable for corn and soybean emergence, but not as favorable in the eastern states of the Midwest.
“We had some rains recently that covered dry spots and we still do have some dry areas developing in the northern Plains, parts of Minnesota, and the central Plains. Even though the eastern Corn Belt has been a bit wet recently, the heat has been very helpful to push along crop emergence to dry out some areas.”
Todey says the heat is going to stay and move into next week with somewhat above-average temperatures, but toward mid-June will cool down.
“We’re expecting to stay warmer than average until mid-June, then we’ll start to cool down to not much warmer than the average,” says Todey.
For precipitation, the eastern Corn Belt will have a better chance of being wetter than average while the Plain states, especially central to southern Plains, have lesser chance for precipitation going into the middle of June.