More rain and more cold for harvest season

Yuck. The Midwest Climate Hub of USDA's 'Information and Outlook' update from this morning is not what we wanted to hear:

Much of the central portion of the country is in a wet weather pattern that is likely to remain through the Fall.

The first round of significant rain fell last weekend (September 21-22). A widespread 2 to 4 inches of new rain fell across much of the plains into the upper Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes region.

Thunderstorms with heavy rain will be possible off and on through the week. However, those storms will be more isolated. The next round of heavy rain will be this Friday and Saturday (September 27-28) from northeast Kansas into southern Michigan. With additional rounds of heavy rain in the forecast thereafter.

The expected rain over the next 7 days will have the greatest impacts along the Missouri River downstream of Kansas City with additional rises of 2 to 5 feet possible. Minor to Moderate flooding is expected along the entire reach of the Missouri from Decatur, NE downstream to St. Louis, MO.

Extreme cold seems more likely into week two leading to likely sub-freezing conditions which may impact some immature crops. The best chance for a first freeze appears to be on October 4th in the western corn belt.

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