Cool, damp weather finally exits the region, and we can see a return to warmer, drier air. IT may take a little bit to see temps go above normal, but we are headed there in the next couple of days. WE are tweaking the arrival of our next significant rain just a bit, and overall, the coming 10 days to 2 weeks look fantastic for good harvest progress.
Dry today, through Wednesday with increasing amounts of sunshine and warmer temps. We should see temps above normal by midweek with strong south wind flow returning. A cold front moving into the western Corn Belt falls apart in its ability to hold moisture, so we likely will not see any significant moisture Thursday like we had been looking for. However, a few clouds can work through overnight Wednesday night through Thursday. But, we should not see a significant impact on temperatures.
We do see a secondary cold front sweeping through IL on Friday, and it may hold together just enough to bring scattered showers into the state late Friday night into early Saturday. Rains look to be no more than .05”-.4” and coverage will be limited to about 60% at best. WE would skew that 60% coverage to the northern part of the state over the south. Still, with that kind of maximum rain potential, we think that the impact on harvest will be minor.
Dry air is back for the balance of next Saturday right on through the first half of next week. Temps will remain above normal, with excellent dry down potential. In the extended period, we do have a front arriving midweek next week that can trigger scattered showers for next Wednesday the 12th through the 13th. Totals do not look overly impressive, but we can see a few tenths here and there. Behind that, a nice upper level ridge is back in for the balance of the period through the 17th, meaning we should be able to see excellent harvest progress through mid-October.