Beth Hall

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As another dry week passes, we are left to wonder when the next significant rain event will occur.  The 7-day precipitation forecast is indicating little-to-no precipitation until the end of next week where amounts are still likely to be below half an inch.  Climate outlooks beyond this next week is favoring near-normal precipitation – which may not be enough to get most counties out of their current precipitation deficit.  Temperatures seem to be wildly transitioning from above normal to below normal at a time of year when evapotranspiration rates are declining.  This could help reduce the rate of drought impacts increasing, but Indiana is still likely to see some in the form of burn bans, mild dust storms, low lakes and streams, and stressed vegetation.  With farm equipment entering fields, this could bring additional risk for unplanned ignitions. According to the U. S. Drought Monitor (USDM), abnormally dry (D0) conditions[Read More…]




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After another wet weekend and cooler temperatures to start this week, it may be surprising to hear that conditions will be changing back to warm and dry for the next several weeks.  Climate models are strongly favoring above-normal temperature throughout the rest of September with a slight favoring of below-normal precipitation.  Abnormally dry conditions continue to persist in counties across northern Indiana, but the spatial extent is gradually shrinking  (Figure 1).  It is too soon to tell if the upcoming warm and dry outlooks will be strong enough to expand and intensify those drier areas or if a few periodic rain events will be enough to keep conditions relatively stable.  Monthly (October) and seasonal (September-October-November) outlooks were released on 15 September 2022.  For both of these time frames, the outlooks are favoring above-normal temperatures to continue with below-normal precipitation across Indiana (Figure 2). With each day that passes, we get[Read More…]



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On this episode of the Purdue Crop Chat Podcast, Purdue Extension Soybean Specialist Shaun Casteel and Corn Specialist Dan Quinn welcome Indiana State Climatologist Beth Hall to discuss the weather extremes farmers have faced and might continue to face this season.