Ryan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for April 26, 2018

Remaining dry today with sunshine again in control. Good drying with moderate evaporation around .2” of per day.

A cold front remains on track to cross Indiana tomorrow afternoon and evening. Moisture still looks to hit mostly northern areas. From I-70 northward, we can see a few hundredths to .2”, but we are increasing our coverage to near 70%. The best rain potential comes after sunset up to midnight and will be closer to the Michigan line. South of I-70, we see nothing.

Dry weather sets up for the weekend and the first half of next week. Cooler air comes in behind the front tomorrow, so there will be a chilly start to Saturday, but we should see temps quickly rebound. Our next strong front has held together, while being delayed, and looks to bring rain mostly on Thursday. Some scattered showers may try and get into NW and far western Indiana on Wednesday afternoon, but the timing of the true frontal passage is not until the overnight through Thursday. Rain totals remain at .25”-1” with coverage at 80% of the state. We think the chance of getting rain to hold off all the way to Friday is limited at this time. The map above is a snapshot of action on Thursday morning. Still, that allows for a nice dry window for 4 and a half to nearly 5 days, depending on where you are at in the north…and nearly 7 days in southern Indiana.

The extended forecast period features minor chances of precipitation. We still have a weak front bringing up to .25” around the 7th, and another system can pop up around the 9th, before a stronger front closer to the 12th.

Temps will warm to normal and slightly above normal levels next week in early May as the dry weather unfolds.

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