Heavy rains during the weekend across much of Indiana have given way to picture perfect harvest weather, and these conditions should continue. That’s the word from HAT chief meteorologist Ryan Martin in the new harvest forecast, brought to you by First Farmers Bank and Trust and Kokomo Grain. Martin says another five days of dry weather are likely before rain comes in next week.
“That precipitation comes in from a front working in from the north and west, and this will be from a massive system that is coming out of the northern plains and into the upper Midwest,” Martin explained. “It falls apart as it moves south and east. I think by the time it gets here we’re talking a few hundredths of an inch to maybe three-tenths next Wednesday through Wednesday night. That is it. Coverage will be about 60-70 percent of Indiana. We do see the pattern getting a little more active behind that with another round of precipitation trying to develop probably toward next weekend, Friday night, but mostly Saturday into Sunday. Then we have to watch for another system closer to the 25th.”
One-half to three-quarters of an inch are possible with that system, covering 60-70 percent of the state. So, it will be dry in the coming days, but temperatures will be well above normal, good news for farmers.
“It’s taken a little bit to build to that direction. We’ve spent a lot of time the past couple of days near normal, but mid and upper 80’s are likely over the weekend to early next week with strong south flow. That should maximize our evaporation. It should allow the atmosphere to hold a lot more moisture, and it really helps with dry down.”
What about Hurricane Florence? Martin thinks it will have minimal carry into the Hoosier state.
“We do think some of the moisture from the remains of Florence may make it into southern Ohio and eastern Ohio, but in terms of anything getting here, I don’t think we have to worry about anything but clouds as we go through Tuesday of next week.”
That will be mostly in southern Indiana, and the effects should not cause any harvest delays.