Ryan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for March 20, 2017

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An active pattern is upon us, as we have several weather systems coming across the state over the next 10 days. However, the cold, below normal air that we have had to deal with over the past week should be behind us going forward.

Rain is in the forecast today in the form of scattered showers. Action will not be overly impressive in either half of the day, with only about 30-40% coverage through midday and the same for this afternoon and evening…but all told, we should see rains cumulative through the day over 60% of the state with totals of .25”-.75”. Rain should be done by midnight tonight.

Tomorrow shows high pressure moves in over the state and will promote some drying. However, we do see moisture returning to southern Indiana later tomorrow afternoon and evening. From US 50 southward, we can see a few hundredths of an inch up to a third of an inch with coverage at 70%. We remain rain free over the northern two thirds of the state.

Dry for Wednesday into early Thursday, and then scattered showers move into the northern half to third of the state from late afternoon through the overnight Thursday. Rain totals will be from a few hundredths to .25” from I-70 northward, with the best rains in the northern third of the state, from US 24 northward. This will be with a warm front that is part of the next strong storm system. The rest of that system waits to come through until Saturday, meaning most of Friday is dry and mild. For Saturday, we see rain and thunderstorms with some strong storms sweeping through the state. Rain totals can be from .25-1.5” with coverage at 80%. This front should east of the state by early Sunday morning, but we will still likely see wrap around cloud cover and scattered light rains through Sunday with coverage at 30%. Additional rain totals will be minor.

Next week look pretty nice with sunshine to start for Monday through Tuesday morning. On Tuesday afternoon we see another push of moisture in up over the southern half to third of the state. Rain totals will be from a few hundredths to nearly a half an inch from I-70 southward with 100% coverage. However, we see no significant precipitation threat north of I-70.

Another strong front may work in late next week toward the end of the 10 day period, and we see another system in early April. So, we continue to look at a pattern that had March come in like a lion, but as we have already suggested over a week ago…perhaps this is a year it leaves like a lion as well?