Variety of Midwest Concerns
By Don Day, Jr., Meteorologist
April was a rough month not only for livestock concerns across the USA but cold and snow has led to planting delays in many areas of the Corn Belt.
In addition to the cold soil temperatures and wet areas, there are also areas where we have opposite concerns as we head into the growing season. The graphic below shows areas in the Midwest where precipitation amounts are either above or below normal. What is interesting about this graphic is the variety of different conditions over the region.
Notice the dryness (red/orange areas) across portions of Missouri, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana while just to the north of those areas, precipitation has been well above normal over northern Iowa, Wisconsin and Michigan and into many areas of Ohio (blue areas).
The blue areas also represent the areas that have received late season snows and colder than normal spring temperatures.
Over the course of the next several weeks we will likely see a more typical pattern in regard to temperatures, however, we may see more dryness in the southern and western Corn Belt areas while more wet may continue in the northern areas.