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Not a lot new over the Corn Belt for corn over the next two weeks. The rains that come in today, tomorrow and early Saturday (depending on where you are at…western Corn Belt action hits today, eastern Corn Belt tonight and tomorrow) will generally be in the half to 1 inch range, but we are concerned about heavier amounts in strong thunderstorms. MO, southern IL and then IN could be in line for some of these stronger storms, so stay tuned. Very cool air comes in behind this weekend system, mostly for Sunday and Monday. Next week looks dry for the most part as temps build by late in the week. Pop up showers and thunderstorms may become more likely for the 5th-6th. Another front hits the 9th-10th but has moisture under half an inch. Another front is now shown working into the western Corn Belt around the 12th.
While we may see a window of opportunity for field work and increased planting action in the Corn Belt next week for soybeans, the Deep South looks to move into a slightly wetter pattern. Rains go from scattered and light to start this weekend to more frequent and all encompassing by the time we get to the end of the 15 day period. Storms will be most active short term later today and tomorrow over the lower delta, coming in from the southern plains. But, longer term, we see coverage of rains for next week and the week following at 80% with totals at half to 1.5”. There will be more days with rain chances than completely dry days in the Deep South.
One more wet 24 hour period over HRW areas, and then we should get a minor reprieve. Rains exit the central plains tomorrow and clear the southern plains by the end of Sunday. We can see half to 3 inch rain totals again from not through tonight, though, before the rains move out. 5 dry days or more should settle in from this weekend through midweek next week. Thunderstorms are back in NE and the Dakotas for Wednesday, and we will see those sag south into at least KS for Thursday into Friday of next week. Rains will be up to 2 inches north of I-80, half to 1.5” south with coverage around 70% north and 40% south. Areas south of 80 that don’t see rain may be able to stay dry right on through the 8th.
WE still look for weekend rains to bring half to 1 inch totals to SRW areas from tonight through Sunday morning. Much cooler air pushes into the region to finish the weekend on Sunday. SRW sees nothing but minor pop up action for the most part next week, except southern areas that may get some blow over from action in the Deep South. Any precipitation next week will be minor. Half inch rain totals can develop for the 5th and 6th, and then half inch totals again for the 9th-10th.
Rather cold in the HRS areas this weekend. Temps will be no better than the 50s and 60s for highs all weekend long into Monday, with lows in the upper 30s. Two systems move across the northern plains next week, one Tuesday-Wednesday, and another to finish the eek from late Thursday through Friday. Another system hits for the weekend…so HRS acres will get timely to perhaps a bit excess moisture over the next 10 days. Most systems have rain totals at half to 1 inch, but with the thunderstorm component, we will have to monitor concerns for locally higher amounts. Things look to dry out and calm down a bit after the 10th.Filed under Weather | Comment (0)