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Ryan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for August 16, 2018

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Rain continues today. The heaviest rains and strongest thunderstorm action is already done, having moved in last night and early this morning. Rain totals for the system will mostly end up in the half to 1.5” range, going back and including what we saw last night. Scattered showers continue tomorrow, and we are speeding up the next little wave to hit through the day tomorrow. This will move the best rains into Friday, and only minimal spits or sprinkles over the state Saturday. Rain totals from the Friday-Saturday event will be .25”-1” with 80% coverage.

We are dry For Sunday.

Rains return on Monday and last through Tuesday. We can see this turn into a significant rainmaker, with a strong low lifting northeast across the state. In fact, we are raising the upper end of our rain totals again today, looking at a half to 2-inch potential out of the event. Some models are stronger than others with the storm, but the simple fact is that the low looks impressive coming out of the central plains over the weekend, and it will be moving into a part of the country with a good, moist atmospheric profile…so the seeds will be there. Rain coverage will be over 80% of the state.

Dry conditions will follow that system into the state for 5 days, from Wednesday through Sunday. In the extended period, we can see some scattered showers bringing .4” or less next Sunday night the 26th into Monday the 27th. Then a stronger front hits at the end of the month, with rain and thunderstorms for the 30th and 31st. That front can trigger half to 1.5” of new precipitation.

Temperatures for the coming period still look to be near normal. The rains will slow maturity or at least dry down a bit between now and the end of the month.