Round after round of showers and thunderstorms are forecast to take aim over portions of the Upper Midwest and northern Plains into the week of June 18, raising concerns for flash and urban flooding.
Drought conditions and dangers from wildfires continue to build over the Four Corners and central Plains. However, a storm track from the northern Rockies to the upper Great Lakes will bring frequent episodes of rain farther north.
While the exact track of the nearly daily storms will vary slightly from day to day, inches of rain will add up in parts of the Dakotas, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and neighboring northwestern Ontario.
In a few spots, the pattern could bring 6 inches to 1 foot of rain through the week of June 18.
Drenching downpours will fall over some, but not all, of the dry spots.
The bulk of the rain will miss some of the neediest areas of the corn belt, where the heat will build into the weekend including portions of Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Kansas.
Rainfall has been very spotty around the northern Plains and the Upper Midwest since early May.
Minneapolis has received nearly twice their normal rainfall from May 1 to June 12 with about 9.75 inches. Meanwhile, Fargo, N.D., has had less than 2.00 inches during the same period.
Rainfall in a large swath from Kansas to Indiana, Ohio and the Lower Peninsula of Michigan has ranged from 25 to 50 percent of normal from May 1 to June 12.
While this may not sound serious, soil evaporation rates during sunny, warm weather this time of the year can reach around one quarter of an inch per day.
The dry weather and building heat is raising concern for the the corn crop in part of the area.
This story was originally published on Tuesday, June 12, 2012.
With the help of a new moon, stargazers are in for a treat as the peak of the Delta Aquarids meteor shower unfolds in the predawn hours Tuesday, July 29.
A tropical wave west of the Cape Verde Islands looks like it could be the next named tropical storm in the Atlantic Basin.
Following thunderstorms, cooler settles into the Midwest and Northeast through Midweek.
Cooler-than-normal temperatures are in store for Chicago this week.
One person is dead, and another remains critically injured after a lightning strike in Southern California.
Relief is on the way for portions of the Plains that are in the grips of the ongoing drought.
Sharon, PA (1999)
70 mph wind gus in a thunderstorm.
Small but intense storm, said to be the worst in about 50 years, hit southern Mississippi (where Camille hit in 1969). U.S. Coast Guard cutter lost with 39 aboard.
New England (1949)
Heat wave in New England; Greenville, RI hit 102 degrees.