Thoughts After Viewing Latest Data & Re-Expansion of Midwestern Drought with One of the Driest Novembers On Record

November 25th, 2012 at 8:44 pm by under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog

With good confidence in forecast, 30s are likely for highs tomorrow-Tuesday & 40 Wednesday & 42 Thursday.  Some rain/snow showers are possible late Friday-Friday night, followed by rainfall potential later Saturday-early Sunday with a brief warm-up to 50s, then colder.

This has been one of the driest Novembers on record at West Lafayette with just 0.72″ as of right now.  Drought is re-expanding across the central & eastern Corn Belt & the drought has remained very bad & unchanged across the Plains & western Corn Belt to northwestern Illinois since summer.  The Mississippi River may be closed to barge traffic soon due to record-low November levels St. Louis to Cairo, a significant economic blow to that region.

In the viewing area, northern fringe of the viewing area was abnormally dry as of November 20, but the rest of the area was officially out of any drought.

In terms of the rest of the forecast, still like colder & snow possible near 10th.

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