Enjoyable temps and reduced humidity headed our way

Eric Snodgrass
Senior Atmospheric Scientist

As we have been forecasting for some time, this weekend we will see a return to more pleasant temperatures and reduced humidity. Some will feel overnight lows in the low 60s to upper 50s. We are watching the position of the ridge to move east around July 18-19, which is the next chance for mid 90s temperatures across the central Corn belt (see July 19 temperature plot below). 

For the 3rd and 4th week of July, long range models are showing the continuation of ridge-riding storms and short duration pulses of high temperatures. Current forecasts tend to keep regions that have been wet, wetter than average. Our concern is regions that have been dry over the last 30 days may miss out on this rain. There is a lot of uncertainty in the long range forecast at this point, so keeping up with our twice weekly forecast will be critical for insights into how the weather might impact market prices and yields.