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Record snow, cold and flooding rain was seen during the past week, now giving way to late
summer relative calm. Warmth, sunshine and tropical influences are now on the menu.

Late summer snow hit the northern Rockies and High Plains last week (also, Canadian
Prairie), leaving 8-18 inches in MT, WY and W SD. This snow was the earliest on record
for North Platte, NE and Rapid City, SD as well as the earliest September snowfall for
other areas of South Dakota and Wyoming. This summer storm ushered in record cold
too, potentially leaving 15% of Iowas large soybean crop nipped due to up to 5+ hours
of freezing temperatures Saturday morning. (see next map)

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Allen Motew has been an
expert weather analyst for
more than 35 years. With a
Seal of Approval for
Broadcasters from the
American Meteorological
Society, Allen specializes in
global weather prediction,
synoptic scale and mesonet
analysis, and severe weather
events. He is trained in
forecasting hurricanes,
tropical cyclones and
international weather events
for government and private
industry interests from
around the globe. A Chicago
native, Allen broadcasts his
local, domestic and
international commodity
weather forecasts from the
Chicago Board of Trade.
Saturday (9/13/14), Iowa mesonet stations registered 21 counties at or below 32F degrees and
48 counties at 34F or colder.

Also: mesonet data registered freeze conditions in ND, SD, NE, KS, MN and WI Saturday morning.

One of the hardest hit states was Nebraska. Mesonet stations across 24 counties on Saturday
registered freezing temps (46 counties 34F or less), South Dakota 11 counties (19 at 34F or less),
Minnesota 21 counties, North Dakota only 6 counties as wind and clouds kept conditions warmer
there, Wisconsin 14 counties at 32F or less (N and NW) and Kansas 6 counties at 32F or less. All in
all nearly 1/2 of Iowa and Nebraska counties, and 1/3 of South s saw temperatures 34F or less
Saturday morning. This morning (Sunday) a second surge of cold air allowed additional frost
and freeze conditions in ND and SD to appear, before afternoon temperatures rebounded towards
normal. Sunday morning temperatures moderated 5-10F in the Central and Easter Corn Belt with
morning temperatures across MI, IN, IL and OH above 37F. Saturday morning low temperature
records were broken at Ottumwa (36F set in 1902), Lamoni (38F set in 1949), and Mason City (31F
set in 1963) Cedar Rapids tied (35F). Interestingly, Moline, IL set a low record this morning (38F set
a year ago). Kansas City broke their low temperature record Saturday at 37F set in 1890...Salina 35F
set in 1902 and Dodge City, KS (35F set in 1890)! It must be cold when International Falls breaks
their low temperature record which it did Saturday morning at 25Fset nearly 40 years ago in 1975.
Also, the coldest low maximum temperature for so early in the season occurred Thursday and then
again on Friday in Rockford, Illinois...previously set in 1914.
Abnormal heat is now on the
platter in the West, particularly in
California as has recently sizzled at
100-105F and the Canadian Prairie
through the South now expected to
average 3-14F above normal over
the next 5 days...meanwhile the
Corn Belt and East will average
normal to 4 to 6F below the
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Not only have we seen extreme temperatures in September (warm and cold), rainfall has been
anomalous...with NE, KS, OK and TX seeing up to 5 times normal as well as IA, IL, MO, IN and much
of the Southeast and even the Desert SW.
For the remainder of the
month...some of the most
anomalous rainfall will
continue to occur in the SW
and Gulf Coast region.

The good news is that no
near term repeat of freeze
conditions are expected (for
at least another 10 days)
while warmer rather than
colder is on tap for the Corn
Belt and Plains Tropical
moisture rather than
Canadian cold will be the
Next 16 days
All in all...rather benign late summer (into
harvest) weather is now expected as
most of the Corn Belt and N Plains will
be being warm and not overly or
excessively wet.