(Atlantic) There is some good news in the weather forecast! It appears the wet and cool weather pattern will shift to the eastern Corn Belt next week. Iowa State Climatologist Harry Hilaker tells KSOM/KS95 news that the rest of the week looks dry. And with the exception of Saturday night the short term forecast looks much improved.
“We will have a ridge of high pressure move in from the west bringing with it normal temperatures for this time of the year,” stated Hilaker. “That will also help dry things out.”
That is good news for area farmers and farmers in the much dryer eastern Corn belt states of Indiana and Ohio.
But the long term forecast at this point is unknown. Hilaker is going with persistence forecasting.
“Which means more of the same, cooler and wetter than normal conditions,” said Hilaker. Who admits there have been exceptions for example; 1983, a wet and cool start to the summer that turned out to be one of the hottest on record. Or in 1947 where a cool, wet June, turned into a drought in July and August.
But there is also 1993. A summer that started out cooler and wetter than normal and remained that way throughout the entire summer…and in fact continually got worse.
June 5, 2013