Weather Feels Like Early Spring!March 10th, 2013 at 12:10 am by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
NOTE: I am doing a presentation entitled Severe Weather Climatology & Modes at the Camden Fire Department, in Carroll County, on Monday, March 18. It begins at 7 p.m. I would love to see you all there.
Main focus is convective types, what they bring, climatology of all aspects of severe weather in the area, what to look for in each season & in each severe weather type & how you can be a great asset in tracking severe weather.
As of 12:05 a.m., it is 50 degrees. I feels nice outside, though that south-southeast wind is a bit cool. I was out this evening & with the dim sun shining through the mid-level clouds, the aroma of fresh soil with the song of Red-winged Blackbirds, American Robins & Common Grackles, it sure felt, smelled & sounded like a spring evening! Even this evening, at dusk, I heard the American Woodcocks calling in a wet, marshy, grassy field with rushes & willows behind our house. This is a clear sign of spring. They call just before courtship, which is in spring. Since they are earthworm & grub eaters, they need thawed, wet soil for catching with their long, probe-like beak. It sucks the earthworms & grub out of the soil like a straw as it probes wet earth underneath leaf litter & decomposing grass.
There may be a few scattered showers (perhaps even a t’storm) Sunday, but it generally looks a bit drier than it did 24 hours ago. In fact, some sun will mix in at times. Temperatures look warm with highs of 56-64 (from north to south with around 60-62 in Tippecanoe County) with gusty south winds to 34 mph at times.
If we can manage to get much more in the way of sun, then even warmer weather with mid to upper 60s is attainable. Southern Indiana is likely to see 70 degrees Sunday with 67 as far north as Terre Haute. If not for the snow pack & colder ground, I think this would easily occur up our way. In fact, it was 68 degrees at St. Louis today & even 57 at Springfield, Illinois. Decatur hit 55. Effingham was near 60.
It appears the main band of rainfall will arrive after 6 p.m. & it may rain a good chunk of the night (with an isolated t’storm possible). Rain will exit Monday morning with totals of near 0.75 to up to 1″, they way it looks right now. There may be a couple flurries in the morning, but nothing substantial.
The Wabash will rise above flood stage early in the week, as will likely the Kankakee & Iroquois, but no significant flooding is expected.
WABASH: Crest Tuesday evening at least 2′ above flood stage at Lafayette, at least 2.4′ above flood stage early Wednesday morning at Covington.
Thinking Kankakee & Iroquois will reach flood stage or exceed it some early in the week. Otherwise, creeks & streams will just run high Sunday night-Monday from the snow melt & rainfall.
Overall, Monday looks mostly cloudy, windy & chilly with temperatures steady in the upper 30s.
Most of next week looks dry with a warming trend towards the 50s. Some rain is possible Friday, but right now, that does not look too substantial. We will watch. I plan on getting into the garden with lettuce next week as the soil begins to dry some & certainly warm with the sunshine.