DRY STRETCH ENDS
A beautiful Monday and a welcomed third day of dry weather. temperatures climbed back to seasonal normal (67° yoday) with barely a cloud in the sky. April rainfall has reached over 6.5″ but the threat of more rain has many Hoosier’s on edge as flooding continued in many locations.
River crests down state may not occur until later this week with many major river levels reaching 5 to 8 year highs. While many small er creeks and stream have returned to normal the heavy rain water will keep southwest Indiana in flood into the weekend.
Rain showers and a few thunderstorms arrive by early afternoon Tuesday. A run of 7 computer model rainfall forecast place an average of .88″ of rain down. The range is from .38″ to 1.22″. The wide range is a signal that thunderstorms will be involved and amounts could range considerably in and around them.
COOL AND WET SPRINGMonday marked the 39th day of temperatures below normal this Spring, that’s 71% of the days have been cooler than normal. With a freeze and frost behind us this past weekend the warm up Monday and Tuesday will be brief. After the rain Tuesday another cool off will be underway. The average date of our last Freeze in the city is today April 22nd. however the latest last freeze on record came May 27, 1961!
In the wake of Tuesday’s rain colder air will once again follow arriving Wednesday. Wednesday afternoon temps are likely to be off the normal high by as much a 15°. Clearing late Wednesday night into early morning could send area temperatures into the 30’s by sunrise Thursday. Patchy frost is possible.
AREA FARMERS TAKING ANOTHER HIT
Last year a drought devastated so many Indiana farmers. What looked to be a promising season – unseasonably warm temperatures last March and April afforded many farmers the chance to plant early. This year it is the complete opposite. The wet and cold Spring has slowed corn planting. Rainfall for April is now at 6.50″ or 239% the normal. According the to the USDA only 1% of the corn in Indiana has been planted – down 42% from last year and off the average of 16%. The 2.5 week forecast looks cool with estimated rainfall of 1.5″ to 2″ – near normal.