RAIN ARRIVES TUESDAY AFTERNOON
Rain showers have arrived early this afternoon and a few thunderstorms are possible later this evening. A run of 7 computer model rainfall forecasts place an average of .82″ of rain down in the city. The range is from .39″ to 1.36″. The wide range is a signal that thunderstorms will be involved and amounts could range considerably in and around them.
Showers are likely through Wednesday morning and expected to diminish. The surge of colder air tomorrow could lead to afternoon showers again Wednesday afternoon, that’s an update to our forecast and we will monitor though the evening.
COOL AND WET SPRING
Monday marked the 39th day of temperatures below normal this spring, that’s 71 percent 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. 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 inches or 239 percent the normal. According the to the USDA only 1 percent of the corn in Indiana has been planted – down 42 percent from last year and off the average of 16 percent. The 2.5 week forecast looks cool with estimated rainfall of 1.5 inches to 2 inches – near normal.