Thunderstorms the past 24 hours
brought welcome rainfall to the western Cornbelt with general
.25-1.00 inch amounts, and some spots received 1-2+ inch downpours.
This will bring relief to the dry areas of the western Midwest for
the short term. However, it looks drier this weekend into next week
after more scattered thunderstorms in the west half today and
tonight. Yesterday's drought monitor map showed a major increase in
dry areas over the past week for the Midwest, mostly into the first
drought category. There will be a few scattered showers in the
western Midwest later next week, but below normal precipitation
across the region during the 6-10 day outlook. This will likely lead
to a small increase over the next week in drought areas for the
Midwest, especially in the east half. Not much change for the 11-15
day outlook with near to below normal precipitation.