Wet Fall in Store for Illinois?

The NOAA Climate Prediction Center released their outlooks for the month of September and the three-month period of September through November. Both of these outlooks show a large area of “increased chances of above-average” across Illinois and surrounding Midwest states. If that comes to pass, it could present challenges with maturity, dry-down, and harvest of the corn and soybean crop in Illinois.

Temperatures have equal chances of being above, below, or near-normal in the September-November time frame. It’s what I call a neutral forecast – not leaning in one direction or another.

Click to enlarge. Forecast issued August 15, 213, by the Climate Prediction Center.