The holiday weekend is mostly bringing dry conditions for much of the Midwest, but rain will may make an appearance on Sunday in some states.
Farmers in Nebraska, South Dakota, western and northern Iowa, Minnesota, and western Wisconsin should be on the lookout for some rainfall starting on Sunday. Showers and thunderstorms will likely stretch through Tuesday in the region, bringing anywhere from 0.5 to 2 inches of precipitation.
“The southern through eastern two-thirds of the Midwest will have pretty good drying conditions,” says Dan Hicks of Freese-Notis Weather. “I would think that there will be early harvest tasks increasing in those areas.”
Kyle Tapley of MDA Weather Services says the dry weather hitting the majority of the Midwest over the weekend will “ease wetness and favor maturation of the corn and soybean crops.”
If we’re talking temperatures, it’s going to warm up next week. After a weekend of temperatures in the 70s with low 80s for highs, above-normal temperatures mostly in the 80s will return after the holiday.
The system hitting the northwest early next week will spread eastward in the latter half of the week.
“We’ll see rains spreading across the Midwest in normal to above-normal amounts Wednesday through Friday or Saturday,” says Hicks.
After the heat and precipitation next week, the forecast should cool off and dry out a bit. In Hicks’ 11- to 15-day forecast, temperatures look normal to below normal with normal precipitation. The Ohio Valley, though, will still be experiencing high temperatures.
ANY CHANCE OF AN EARLY HARVEST?
Contrary to some who may be predicting an early harvest, Hicks is actually forecasting above-normal rainfall for the month of September. Weather could slow harvest a bit in states like Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, and the Dakotas.
“Farther south and east, I think September weather may be more favorable,” Hicks says. “Northwest growing areas may have more frequent and greater rainfall amounts as opposed to the Ohio Valley.”
Don Keeney of MDA Weather Services has a different idea for his 16- to 30-day forecast. He is predicting that the east central Plains, central and western Midwest, and the Prairies will experience drier conditions during the second half of September.