OMAHA (DTN) -- Spring shipping season is near. The Upper Mississippi River opened after a vessel moved barges through Lock and Dam 2 as the lead-off act. But three of the Great Lakes remain more than 50% ice covered.
Strong winds and low relative humidity covered the northern and eastern Plains and western Midwest regions Wednesday, leading to a red flag warning for many areas. Scattered showers and thundershowers spread from the southeast plains to the west and north Delta and the southwest Midwest Wednesday. Dry elsewhere in the key growing areas. Temperatures ranged from the 30s F over the northern Canadian Prairies to the upper 80s over the southwest Plains and west Texas. » More DTN Weather Commentary