Corn Belt Could Fall Victim to "Endless Amounts of Rain"

September 22, 2016 12:57 PM

Some areas of northern Iowa, southern Minnesota, and eastern Wisconsin received rain totaling nearly 13 inches in just 48 hours, according to the Weather Channel. Homes had to be evacuated, cars were stranded, and some roads washed out from flash flooding due to the torrential rainfall hitting that area of the Midwest.

But could the Corn Belt see more destructive, heavy rainfall like that within the week, just in time for one of farmers’ busiest times of the year? It looks likely.

On Monday, Michael Clark of BAM WX spoke with Market Rally Host Chip Flory about the expected outlook for the fall that make farmers cringe. 

“Between now and the next 30-45 days, there’s a decent threat of above average severe weather in the heart of the Corn Belt,” said Clark.

On AgDay Thursday morning, Meteorologist Mike Hoffman forecasted a slow-moving system, forming in the Rocky Mountains. The storm system won’t make it to the East Coast until the end next week, predicts Hoffman.

“It dives into the central Mississippi River Valley and sits there later next week,” said Hoffman. “That could be bad news for those trying to get crops out of the field in the central and eastern Corn Belt.”

Clark explains how the summer pattern had a ridge with a northwest flow. As a result, places like central Indiana, northcentral Illinois, and eastern Iowa received a lot of rainfall. Now, there’s a southwest flow.

“You get endless amounts of rain that go through Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin areas,” said Clark. “That trend looks like it could continue. I don’t see it drying out there any time soon.”

However, there is an upside to some of this weather.

“There is some drying out especially over the Ohio Valley, the eastern half of the Corn Belt—Ohio, Indiana, Illinois—that will dry out some,” said Clark. 

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Spell Check

langdon, ND
9/22/2016 08:58 PM

  here in NE ND we have been wet beginning the third week of may and have had only two 7 day periods when it didnt rain! luckily one strectch was during last week of august when 50% of the crop was ready to be harvested! since then it has rained every second to third day. The fields can barely support any harvest equipment! have freindsin southern minnesota that caught between 3-13 inches of rain! that is a disaster! we will need help because crop insurance will not be enough to make ends meet this year!


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