The window is closed.
Our one chance for rain this week disappointed most, although there were a few widely scattered showers and storms.
Muncie moisture was most impressive. A shower early afternoon Monday produced .67″ of an inch of precipitation. Evansville – now officially in a “severe drought”- scrounged up .11″ of an inch of rain. The Indy Airport recorded a trace of rain. Most places? Nothing.
Bob Nielsen, a Purdue Ag Prof and corn specialist (would the highest rank be “Colonel?”) tells the Lafayette Journal-Courier that most commercial crops are not in a dangerous condition. Yet.
“Amazingly a lot of the fields are hanging in there,” he said.
He said it likely was because of early planting and drier than usual soil, which caused roots to grow deeper than normal looking for moisture and nutrients.
So: an interesting combo this year of the historically hot month of May, and then temperatures much closer to average in May and June.
Indiana State Climatologist Ken Scheeringa said the lack of persistent high temperatures has kept water from evaporating out from the deeper layers of soil.
“We’ve had breaks this year. Recently we’ve had hot weekends, but the temperature is moderate during the week,” he said.
Ken could be reading right off my 7 Day Forecast chart, which once again turns hot come Friday. Right now the weekend is looking sticky, but don’t panic. The recent trend of the computer models has been to over-state future moisture.
Of all sorts:)
Speaking of humidity… When I was out running at 6pm Monday the humidity was a nasty 62%. Same time Saturday afternoon? A bone-dry 28 percent. Saturday was easier.
COAST TO COAST:
Latest numbers I saw from West Pensacola Florida indicated 23.58″ of rain in 48 hours. That’s like two hurricane’s worth of rain! Heaviest rain now moves northeast. Couple of inches possible from DC to Boston today.
The average high today is 81 and the average low is 61. Records are 96 and 42. Sunrise time is 6:17 and the sun sets at 9:14.
9 (Very high.)
We are in the “low” category today and tomorrow, then “medium-low” Thursday and Friday.
DETAILED INDIANAPOLIS FORECAST:
Today: Mostly sunny. Less humid this afternoon. High 79.
Tonight: Mostly clear. Low 54.
Wednesday: Sunny. High 77.
Wednesday Night: Mostly clear. Low 55.
Thursday: Mostly sunny. High 84.
Thursday Night: Mostly sunny. Low 63.
Friday: Sunny. High 88.
Friday Night: Mostly clear. Low 66.
Saturday: Mostly sunny. High 90.
Saturday Night: Mostly clear. Low 68.
Sunday: Mostly sunny. High 89.
Sunday Night: Mostly clear. Low 68.
Monday: Mostly sunny. High 89.