Midwest farms were hit with heavy rainfall early this week, but frozen fields may have prevented rain from replenishing dry soils.
Chicago reported a record high of 63 degrees F Tuesday, but the “heat wave” in Illinois was preceded by a harsh cold wave the previous week. This suggests that fields were still frozen, when very heavy rainfall developed. Northern Illinois received 2.5-3 inches of rainfall that probably ran off into ditches and streams.
Even though temperatures were above normal in January nighttime lows were still below freezing... subscribers continue to full story...