25 First Alert agribusiness weather forecast

Published: Jul. 27, 2022 at 9:37 AM CDT|Updated: Jul. 27, 2022 at 4:20 PM CDT
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(25 News Now) - Well, hi everybody. I’m Chief Meteorologist Chuck Collins with your Corsaw Hardwood Lumber Agribusiness weather, and top of the agenda has to be drought around Central Illinois.

We continue to have pockets. This is the USDA drought monitor, the latest one. As we zoom into central portions of the viewing area, not bad as you go from Peoria into Knox County and Stark and Marshall counties, normal soil moisture there.

But, you go east that’s a whole different story. Eastern Woodford, eastern Tazewell, all of McLean in a drought situation that extends back into Mason and Fulton counties.

The farther east you go you get into a moderate situation around Champaign with some moderate drought conditions. Then we go northbound where it’s been dry for several months.

North of Interstate 88 continues to be dry.

We go out into the plains the I-29 corridor including Sioux city, some big drought there and then you get into the plains it gets worse especially in parts of Nebraska, as we go into Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas.

All of Texas in a drought situation from North to South, East and West. More drought in the Southwest.

We go to the Northwest we’re getting a couple of breaks. The Big Sky country still drought conditions there as well.

So the big question: will the drought persist? In a short term answer, it looks like it’ll be yes. This is the eight to 14 day outlook which carries us through the end of the month.

All of the country with above normal temperatures, and it looks like we’re right on the line between normal rainfall and below normal rainfall, but I think we’ll stay dry over the next eight to 14 days which takes us to the end of the month.

So what’s ahead late the summer into fall as we start thinking about harvest? Well it looks like more of the same. Here’s the July, August, and September outlook, and especially for August and September all of the country looks like above normal temperatures once again and it looks like below normal rainfall for the beginning of fall from basically Central Illinois back toward the west. Might get a couple of breaks with rain to the east of us.

So anytime we talk hot weather in the summertime we always have to go back to the drought years of 1934, 1935 and 1936, Peoria’s record high temperature of 113 was recorded July 15, 1936, and take a look at the top five hottest in Peoria history. They all go back to 1936. 113, 110, 109, 108, and 107. In the past 50 years the top hot temperatures haven’t gotten to 113.

Back in the drought year, drought summer of 1988, 105. We had drought years in 2005 and 2012 and the temperatures correlated with that at 103 to 104. We don’t get a hundred degrees very often. In Peoria we go back to July 25, 2012. It was the latest hundred degree day, but we’re certainly used to those heat index values. Look at that record high heat index the past 50 years. In Peoria 117 back in July of 1999.

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How about some weather wit, wisdom, and wisecracks for you here. “Don’t knock the weather, nine-tenths of the people couldn’t start a conversation without it.” That’s from Kin Hubbard, and that’s your Corsaw Hardwood Agribusiness weather.

I’m Chief Meteorologist Chuck Collins. Stay hydrated, stay safe, and be careful out there.

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