Three percent of Michigans expected 2014 corn crop was in the ground by Sunday. Thats a percentage point ahead of a year ago. Its going into damp ground except for the better-drained sandy locations where most of the planting is happening this week. We didnt get too much rain at one time in any spot across southern and western counties in the state but that may not be the case when the next system makes a slow trek our way starting Wednesday. Rain odds will remain fairly high through Saturday then about a days break for sunshine then a return to showers and thundershowers for several days. All of this comes with decidedly warm weather with highs frequently in the 70s and night time lows in the 60s. Tuesday morning lows in the middle-30s were fairly common with the low spot near Teapot Dome registering at 31-degree reading. Thats being quickly replaced by an air mass that gave Wichita, Kansas its first 100-degree-plus reading this early in the season on Monday. We wont be that warm, but therell be no denying natures tap on the shoulder reminding us Thursday that its around 80 outside and were closer to the first day of summer than the last day of winter.
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