Iowa was hot over the weekend, with temperatures climbing as high as the 97 Fahrenheit in dry areas of northern Iowa. But around 0.2 inches to 0.8 inches rain was possible for the region overnight and today, according to Drew Lerner, meteorologist with World Weather Inc. While these rains are welcome, Lerner says “much, much more is needed,” and dry conditions are likely to return “for a while.”
He says forecasters are still unsure whether rain will fall in the Canadian Prairies and northern U.S. Plains next weekend and early next week. Any rain would be welcome and would improve prospects for the spring wheat crop.
Excessive rain fell in the Texas Blacklands and Coastal Bend areas, but crop damage was likely limited, according to Lerner. Western and southern Texas are expected to be dry over the next 7 to 10 days, he adds.
Lerner says more bouts of cool weather are possible for the northern Kansas Plains and Northern Plains over the next week to 10 days, including frosts and freezes.
Meanwhile, net drying continues to take a toll on Brazil’s safrinha corn crop and cotton producing areas. Northern Mato Grosso is the only area expected to welcome rain “for a while,” according to Lerner. Milder temperatures for southern areas of the country should help limit evaporation, however.
Argentina got down to 35 degrees F over the weekend in Buenos Aires, and more frosts and freezes are possible early this week. Lerner isn’t overly worried about the cold nipping late-developing crops.