Indiana has the distinction of having some of the worst-rated corn in the Corn Belt because of the stressful weather we have had. In our final planting forecast, Ryan Martin says the next week looks to be less stressful, “We should see good sunshine with just a small concern about a few scattered to isolated showers Sunday afternoon. The moisture that triggers those has a better likelihood of just producing clouds, though, and coverage will be under 20% of the state. Temps will be below normal, but likely not as cool as Saturday. That is mostly due to better sky conditions Sunday (more sunshine).”
Martin says, while next week starts off nice, there is rain on the way, “In general, we have completely dry weather Monday through Wednesday over the northern half of the state. Monday and Wednesday will be dry in the south, but we have a few scattered showers moving in to Southern Indiana on Tuesday. These showers will produce a few hundredths to .3” of rain with 50% coverage of areas from I-70 southward. Temps will be warming through the first half of next week.” Later in the week, however, heavy rains roll into Northern Indiana, “Moderate to heavy rains develop with a front arriving Thursday. Rains and strong storms produce totals of .5”-2” with 90% coverage Thursday from I-70 northward, and up to half an inch south of I-70 with 50% coverage. Then we follow up with another batch of showers and thunderstorms for Friday that produce .5”-1.5” rain totals and 60% coverage. The least coverage for next Friday may end up being over the northeast quadrant of the state. Rain and thunderstorm action redevelops then for later Saturday afternoon and continues through Sunday bringing another .5”-1.5” of rain and 75% coverage. The moisture is rather impressive and the map above shows totals for next week from Tuesday morning through the weekend.”
In the extended forecast, Martin sees July starting off dry, “We should be dry for the 4th through the 6th statewide, with temps above normal. Then the remainder of the extended window gets more active again, with scattered showers and heat-based thunderstorms developing for the 7th and 8th. However, there is not a good, well-defined front arriving in there…and those will be interesting to watch for further development or degradation.”
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