Volume 58 Number 12 July 24 2014
This Week's Weather & Pests

Sweltering heat replaced last week's abnormally cool weather. Temperatures in the upper 80s to near 90F on July 21 combined with excessive humidity to push heat index values to 100F, and prompted an advisory to be issued for the northwest and west-central areas. A complex of strong to severe thunderstorms provided rain and some relief to the north and southeast, but much of the state remained dry. Showers and storms exited the southeast on Tuesday and cooler, less humid conditions returned for the rest of the week. The brief temperature turnaround promoted rapid development of summer crops, especially corn and soybeans. More than 22% of the state's corn is silking and 10% of the soybean crop is setting pods. Despite the early-week heat, the season is still an average of four days behind last year and nine days behind the 30-year average.

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