Weather briefly improves across parts of the Corn Belt
Across the Corn Belt, conditions are improving east of the Mississippi River in the wake of a departing storm system. However, scattered frost was noted early Friday in the eastern Corn Belt, where temperatures in many locations fell below 40°. Meanwhile, cloudiness is overspreading the western Corn Belt, although dry weather continues to promote a robust corn and soybean planting pace
On the Plains, patches of light rain are limited to Montana and North Dakota. Elsewhere, warm, dry weather favors planting activities, winter wheat development, pasture growth, and summer crop emergence. However, drought continues to adversely affect some rangeland, pastures, and winter wheat, mainly across eastern Colorado and western sections of Kansas and Oklahoma. In addition, Friday’s high temperatures will reach 90° as far north as Nebraska.
In the South, showers linger early Friday in parts of Virginia and environs. Cool, dry weather covers the remainder of the region. Lingering wetness continues to limit planting across portions of the interior South, including the Mississippi Delta. On April 26, rice planting was significantly behind the normal pace in Arkansas, Missouri, and Mississippi—33, 22, and 21% complete, respectively, versus the 5-year averages of 58, 46, and 51%.
In the West, slightly cooler air is arriving across the northwestern half of the region. An early-season heatwave continues, however, in the Southwest. Aside from a few showers across the Intermountain West, dry weather prevails.