Prolonged dryness and above normal temps have allowed for harvest to get underway in earnest throughout much of the state, but rain may put a halt to that next week. The Harvest Weather Forecast with HAT Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin is brought to you by First Farmers Bank and Trust and Kokomo Grain.
Martin says significant moisture is coming out of the Central Plains and headed our way Monday and Tuesday.
“At this point I’m looking for anywhere from .5 to 2 inches of rain spread across the entire state. But we’re not done there. We take a little bit of a break Wednesday and Thursday, but Friday another system comes in. This time from more of a west and northwest direction giving us .5 to 1.5 inch rainfall totals. So, after going almost 2 weeks with no rain, we’re going to put in the potential here for 1 to 2.5 inches, almost 3 inches, very quickly.”
Martin says not to fret though, as there is some good news too.
“We’re looking at an extended dry period coming back for early October. I see us going dry next Saturday and then not seeing any precipitation going all the way through the rest of that week. I think our next system will come in from the west right around October 6-7.”
Temperatures have been well above normal recently. Martin projects those temperatures will return to near normal for this weekend, “But after the rains of Monday and Tuesday, I’m looking for us to be normal, even slightly below. And the second system for next week, I think, actually takes us to below normal levels. As a matter of fact, if you’re looking for potential for first frost, I’m targeting that October 1-3 period.”
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