Extended Forecast Calls for Above-Normal Rainfall to Continue in Western Corn Belt

Posted on 05/16/2019 8:50 AM

The National Weather Service extended forecast signals rainy weather is likely to continue across most of the western Corn Belt and Plains through June. The northwestern Corn Belt, along with the eastern halves of Iowa and Missouri eastward are expected to see “equal chances” for normal, below-normal and above-normal precip during June. The temperature outlook calls for below-normal temps in areas where precip is expected to remain above-normal, while other areas will have “equal chances” for temps.

The 90-day outlook widens the area of above-normal rainfall to include all of the Plains, Corn Belt and Delta during June through August. The 90-day temperature outlook signals below-normal temps are likely over most of the Plains, western Corn Belt, northwestern Illinois and Wisconsin. “Equal chances” are likely for temps over much of Illinois and all of Indiana. Ohio is expected to see above-normal temps during the 90-day period.

The expected continuation of the rainy pattern in the western Corn Belt during June suggests planting of spring crops will remain a struggle for some, especially in the already saturated areas.

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