May 31, 2019 -- Today we should see partly to mostly sunny skies over the northern half of the state, but we have scattered showers around all day long from I-70 southward. These showers can produce .25"-1" rain totals, but we need to stress that the 1" values will be limited to a few areas in the far southern tip of the state, and will have to come with potential for a few thunderstorms...

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, May 31, 2019

Some bad news in our forecast this morning, as we are having to put in moisture for the middle of next week. This effectively means mother nature is taking any hint of a planting window and is  slamming it shut while erecting iron bars in front of it. More on that in a bit. But we still have to get through moisture before we even get to any talk of changing a dry forecast.

 

Today we should see partly to mostly sunny skies over the northern half of the state, but we have scattered showers around all day long from I-70 southward. These showers can produce .25″-1″ rain totals, but we need to stress that the 1″ values will be limited to a few areas in the far southern tip of the state, and will have to come with potential for a few thunderstorms. Most of southern Ohio will end up on the lower to middle part of the scale. Tomorrow features sun followed by increasing clouds , and rain will advance in from the north in late morning. By midday we have showers from US 30 northward, and then showers and thunderstorms spread south across the rest of the state through the overnight and Sunday morning. . Rain totals will be from .25”-.75” with coverage at 90% of the state. But, we should turn out partly sunny by Sunday afternoon.

 

No change in the start of next week with two dry for Monday and Tuesday. It will be cooler for those days behind the weekend system, but we do see full sunshine and a good breeze, so dry down will have excellent potential. We also are going to look for a mostly dry Wednesday as well, but clouds will be on the increase Wednesday afternoon. The change in our official forecast comes for Wednesday nigh through Thursday, where we have to insert showers across most of the state. We are expecting .25”-.75” rain totals over 100% of the state. The moisture is just to great and the system to strong coming out of the central plains for us to be able to miss it. From there, clouds give way to sun on Thursday. We do project dry weather for all of Friday, Saturday and next Sunday.  The map at right shows 10 day rain potential across OH.

 

We also are having to work in some changes to the extended period as well, and they are not helpful. Scattered showers are likely in the area for Monday, with 70% coverage. Then for Tuesday the 11th we take a bit of a break, before showers return for Wednesday and Thursday with 60% and 90% coverage. Finally, a couple of drier days emerge for the end of the 16 day window Friday and Saturday, the 13th and 14th. We are back to a pattern than does not have any large window of opportunity for significant field work.

 

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