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Rain Hangs On in Southeastern Corn Belt


On Wednesday, a storm is moving out of Kansas and hitting every state along its path to Ohio, where it should arrive by Friday afternoon. In case that isn’t clear, the rain isn’t over for Missouri, southern Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Kentucky quite yet, Dale Mohler of Accuweather says.

MDA Weather Services is predicting that 2 to 5 inches of rain will fall as the storm crosses over the southern and eastern Midwest.

“In the east, once the storm leaves on Friday, I don’t see any big storms coming there anytime soon,” says Mohler who says cooler temperatures will plague the eastern Corn Belt once the storms pass through.

For the remaining northwestern Midwest states, don’t expect rain but don’t expect seasonal warm temperatures quite yet, either. In the west, temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s as opposed to the 70s, which are often seen at this point in May.

On Wednesday, the game will change for states starting with Minnesota. Thursday and Friday will host a bigger storm bringing .5 to 1 inch of rainfall to the western Midwest before it makes its way east across the Belt.

“It will be a pretty big rainmaker,” says Mohler. “But if you’re in the west, you’ve got seven days of dry weather (before that).”

After that larger system passes, temperatures should warm up a bit by the weekend bringing temperatures in the 60s to the northern states and in the 70s to the southern Corn Belt states.

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The Rest of May

Looking toward the end of May, Mohler thinks states west of the Mississippi will have near or slightly below-normal rainfall while the states in the eastern Corn Belt could experience normal to slightly higher-than-normal rainfall amounts.

“I would say the pattern would favor near- or above-normal temperatures and near-normal rainfall for the last week of May,” Mohler says.

By the end of the month, temperatures should be about 1 to 3°F. above normal in the west and normal in the eastern Corn Belt.

Looking to Summer

Summer is inching closer every day and for 2017, that means slightly above-normal temperatures and most likely normal rainfall, according to Mohler.

“If what we’re saying is accurate, it should be a good year in the east and yields could be a little off in the west,” Mohler says. States west of the Mississippi might experience some dryness due to higher temperatures and a better chance of dryness.

Pollination, Mohler believes, could be a week early in a few spots and maybe normal or a week later than usual in the eastern Corn Belt.

Source: Anna McConnell, Agriculture.com

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