Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast — October 12, 2017

Drier weather is here. It may not seem like it in parts of the state today, as lingering clouds and cooler temps don’t allow for the drier feel we have become used to over the past weeks and months. However, we have no new rain on the way, and we should see better chances of sunshien going forward, even by the end fo the dsay today. Full sun is on the way for tomorrwo and Saturday, with gusty winds emerging late tomorrow through Saturday and most of Sunday ahead of our next front. These winds, along with low humidity and near maximum evaporation rates, should allow for good drying tomorrow through most of the weekend.

Our next system is still on the way for late in the weekend. We see the cold front holding off until very late Sunday afternoon to arrive. Then rains continue through the evening and overnight, finally exiting the state to the east as the sun rises Monday morning. Our rain totals this morning for the system are unchanged; we like rains of .25”-.75” over about 75% of the state. The map above shows the set up Sunday evening.

Fantastic drying weather is in for next week. Initially behind the front on Monday we will be stuck with some cooler temps, similar to the air mass that came in behind our front earlier this week. However, that cooler air moderates and moves away rather quickly, and we see temps building through the rest of the week. Sunshine will dominate, and we will keep dry weather in all the way through next weekend. Our next frontal threat comes no sooner than the 24th. That system looks nice and strong, and will have the potential to bring up to three quarters of an inch for the 24th and maybe into the 25th, over 80% of the state. But, the 7-8 days ahead of it, we should be able to start seeing some movement back in the fields. By the end of next week, we think temps will be mostly above normal over the entire state.

Late in the extended window, behind the front for the 24th-25th, we could see some significantly cooler air come in, and it may trigger better chances of frost over parts of Ohio, particularly north and west.

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