Rain hits the Corn Belt just in time

Eric Snodgrass
Senior Atmospheric Scientist

Extremely beneficial rain fell across parts of the Corn Belt that have been very dry. Multiple thunderstorm complexes, which did contain very strong winds, hail, and tornadoes, moved from southern Minnesota through eastern Iowa and into northern and central Illinois in the last 48 hours. While there are reports of crop damage, the rain was needed before the heat settles in midweek. The National Weather Service has issued heat advisories on Tuesday for parts of Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Illinois. We expect short-duration heat waves to push into the central and eastern Corn Belt multiple times over the remainder of July as the western ridge occasionally adjusts its position.