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.
Nearly the same setup for tornadoes that focused on Oklahoma Monday is targeting north central Texas Tuesday afternoon.
Severe storms, some capable of producing tornadoes, will threaten communities across northeastern Texas, northwestern Louisiana and Arkansas into Tuesday night.
The same storm system responsible for producing violent thunderstorms in Oklahoma recently will reach the Atlantic Seaboard Thursday.
While additional strong thunderstorms will roll through through portions of tornado-ravaged Oklahoma Tuesday, the risk of tornadoes has diminished.
The atmospheric severe weather engine began firing on all cylinders this past weekend and reached full speed Monday over Oklahoma.
Preliminary reports are calling it an EF-4 tornado that has caused numerous fatalities and injuries in Moore, Okla.
Orlando, Fl (2005)
High temperature finally reached 90 degrees. This gets a record for the latest occurrence of the first degrees day of the year.
Memphis, TN (1983)
Freak lightning bolt strikes a man in his neck, runs down his spine, and passes out of a pocket containing keys. The bolt then struck 2 other men nearby before also hitting a tree the men were standing under at a golf course. Miraculously all three men survived.
Ohio Valley (1860)
Tornado swarm in Ohio Valley hit Louisville, KY, Cincinnati, OH, Chilicothe, OH, and Marietta, OH. Damage totalled $1 million; 4 people killed in Cincinnati.