The forecast from last winter into spring for summer 2016 in Ohio continues to work out with generally warmer and drier weather. Over the region as the departure from normal map shows, it is drier than normal across much of Ohio and points northeast while it has been wet to the south and west of Ohio.
Going forward, the remainder of July will be overall hot with rainfall at or below normal. The outlook for August calls for warmer than normal weather. Rainfall departures should relax some closer to normal but the data suggests if anything we still will more likely be on the drier side of normal.
Much of the corn and soybean belt is in good shape with rainfall and temperatures. The exception is northern Indiana into Ohio where it is some of the driest areas. Most of our research indicated yields this year would not be as good as the last several years and this looks to be track for Ohio. It also appears we will see the hottest temperatures of the season later this week and early this weekend with highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s. The two week NOAA/NWS/Ohio River Forecast Center rainfall pattern indicates rainfall will range from 0.50 to 2.00 inches as shown in the graphic.