Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Heat Wave in the Corn Belt

Pretty impressive average high temperatures last week (July 1-7, 2012) for the Corn Belt and Big 10 country. Here are a few samples courtesy of the USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin:

Chicago, IL: 99
Rockford, IL: 100
Fort Wayne, IN: 97
Indianapolis, IN: 101
Cedar Rapids, IA: 96
Des Moines, IA: 100
Grand Rapids, MI: 98
Minneapolis, MN: 96
Lincoln, NE: 96
Columbus, OH: 97
Toledo, OH: 97
Madison, WI: 98

Between the recent heat and moderate to extreme drought that encompasses almost all of the Corn Belt, it is no wonder that this year is starting to draw comparisons with 1988. For parts of southern Illinois, Missouri, and Indiana, this year is probably shaping up to be worse. The I-80 corridor from the Quad Cities to Lincoln has a ways to go before reaching that level of severity but the forecast sure seems to be pointing toward it. Rain dances anyone?

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