HAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin says planting will have to take a bit of a break because of the recent rains that came through, especially in Northern Indiana.
“Rainfall totals of an inch to 2 inches were easily seen over the northern third of the state. You get up into Southern Michigan, I’ve got some reports of 3 to 5 inch rainfall totals, so there were some heavy pockets. Now you have to see how long it’s going to take to dry things down.”
Martin says we can expect dry air late Friday and through Saturday, but on Sunday, “We have a minor disturbance trying to move through. Not a lot of moisture, a few hundredths of an inch to maybe a quarter of an inch, covering maybe 60 percent of the state.
“There’s going to be clouds around. The problem is if you have clouds, if you have moisture, you don’t have good dry down conditions. So, you can’t look at us to dry out on Sunday. That means we extend our drying into Monday, when we should see dry weather. Maybe we can get back into the fields Tuesday into Wednesday.”
Martin’s forecast calls for dry weather those days, but then moderate to heavy rains return on Thursday.
“A strong front could bring us anywhere from a 0.5-1.5 inches of rain for Thursday and early Friday. Then we play the every other day kind of scenario from there forward. So, rain Thursday, but then again on Saturday, then maybe some on Monday, then we go to Thursday the 17th with moisture. That kind of set up doesn’t allow for very big opportunities to get things dried down, and to get back in the fields.”
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