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Source: Planalytics news release

We think they may have spoken a bit too soon. Regardless of whether you want to blame it on a newspaper headline or Mother Nature, two storm complexes over the Plains this week and early next week are expected to produce a bumper crop of severe weather: tornadoes, hail, and/or high wind gusts.

Look for an increased threat from the Plains across the Midwest and the Deep South. The most active days appear to be Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

The warm, moist, unstable air out ahead of the warm and cold fronts will lead to moderate to heavy rainfall amounts. In the Plains hard red wheat and corn areas, look for a half to 2 inches or so of rainfall by Tuesday.

The Mississippi Valley, from Minnesota to Louisiana, will see 1 to 3 inch amounts. In the eastern Corn Belt states and the Southeast, we see another half to 2 inch rainfall, mainly late Monday into Tuesday.

Planting Friendly Weather Expected Mid-Week

High pressure building over the Northwest U.S. and Canada will bring about a break in the progressive storm track for about 5 or 6 days starting around mid-week. Temperatures will be on the cool side of normal to start May, but will be warming toward normal by the first weekend, especially in the Plains and western Midwest. Mainly dry conditions will hold through about May 6 before renewed storminess returns by the 7th and 8th.

Ideally, a little more warmth would be preferred after a big rain event, but the duration of the dry period will have to do. Accelerated corn planting is expected from the Plains to the Ohio valley during these first 6 days of May.

Don't let the rain over the next 5 days get you down. Planters will be able to go full out once we get to May, at least through the 6th when wetness returns after a good bit of planting will get done.

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