Weather and climate – Facts for Fancy Fruit

Weather and climate

On July 16th, the national Climate Prediction Center released the climate outlooks for August (Figure 1) and the August-September-October (Figure 2) period.  Both outlooks are indicating significant probability for above-normal temperatures.  Precipitation is likely to be above normal for the southern two-thirds of Indiana in August, but there is little-to-no guidance for the 3-month, August-September-October period.

Abnormally dry conditions are starting to ease across the state, due to recent rainfall.  However, evapotranspiration has still be relatively high due to the warm temperatures, so dry conditions remain spotty across the state.  Fortunately, temperatures are likely to be below normal through August 7th (Figure 3), which may help lower evapotranspiration rates.  Modified growing degree-day accumulations are very comparable to recent years in the northern part of the state, but are still lagging in the southern half (Figures 4 and 5).

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