US Midwest Weather

Freese Notis -- A look back at the month of July shows that it was a favourable month of weather with regards to corn pollination for the bulk of the Corn Belt. Certainly temperatures were not a concern, with most of the Corn Belt region recording temperatures that were just a "smidge" below their normal levels.

Rainfall was the most notable feature of the month, and as has been the case since the growing season began it was a case of "too much of a good thing" in some places (especially northern Missouri and southern Iowa where there were a lot of places recording two to as much as four times their normal July totals). Below normal rainfall in July was most prevalent in Minnesota (and thus rains there yesterday were very beneficial, though very strong winds accompanying that rain likely put a lot of corn on the ground), Ohio, and northeastern Indiana.

Going forward into August of course is a hot start to the month. The worst of the heat still looks be in area west and south of the Missouri River, where there could be some places reaching 100 degrees Sunday and Monday. The least amount of heat in the Corn Belt will be in Ohio, as Tuesday may be their only day with high temperatures above the 95 degree mark. Delta crop areas look to really sizzle, with places there getting to 100 degrees today, 100-plus degree temperatures there through Tuesday, and any real notable cooling their holding off until about August 8.

The heat is going to break in the Corn Belt as we head into the middle of next week, with temperatures likely averaging a bit below normal in much of the region for August 7 to August 10. With the cool-down will come a rainfall threat for all of the Nation's midsection. That rain starts in the far northwestern Corn Belt by no later than Tuesday morning, and stays in the northern Corn Belt through Wednesday morning. The rain shifts to the central Plains, southern Corn Belt and Delta for the second half of next week, with weather models today suggesting that these will be the areas to see the best amounts and coverage.