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SLOW MOVING SYSTEM

Still influenced by an upper low over eastern Tennessee, rainfall eased by late afternoon Monday.  Showers early Monday diminished in coverage and intensity but this was the fourth straight day with measurable rain.  More than an inch and a half of rain has fallen in Bloomington since Friday, while very little to nor rain has fallen at Lafayette.  The sluggish moving low is forecast to only reach the northeast by Thursday.  Its impact will lessen over the next two days but a shower chance cannot be ruled out through Wednesday.

Satellite_Radar

Upper Low Lingers
Monday Night

COOL AND WET SPRING

Spring 2013 has been cool with 66 percent of the days since March 1 below normal.  Most of the days were cold in March (27 of the 31) with an even split in April of colder and warmer.

Rainfall has been impressive with record rainfall in April.  Rainfall for the season stands at just under 11″, 2.59″ above normal.  Fifty-eight percent of the days this Spring have recorded precipitation.

WET SPRING SLOWS AREA FARMERS

The USDA crop report Monday showed no improvement to area farming.  Corn planting has stalled with only 8 percent of the Indiana corn crop planted – a whopping drop of 75 percent from last year and well below the average of 41 percent.  Soybeans have not made it to the fields with none planted off last years pace by 45 percent.

Crop Planting

Indiana Crop Data

MORE RAIN LATER THIS WEEK

Rain coverage will increase again on Thursday with more rain to fall through Saturday.  Rain forecast next seven days off two machines averages around 1″ with a range of .73″ to 1.24″

WARMEST OF SEASON?

A cold blast of air behind a  front Saturday night could drop area temperatures away from the city into the upper 30’s Mother’s Day morning.

Sun AM temps

Cold blast Sunday AM
with strong warm up behind it

The cold will depart quickly as a strong surge of warm air is forecast to spread east by the middle of next week.  Early indications hint at warmest air of the season –  a forecast that we will monitor closely.

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