Record/Near Record Cold This Morning………….Warmer, Wetter Weather AheadApril 3rd, 2013 at 2:49 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
Thermometer bottomed out at 21.3 degrees this morning at WLFI, near the record low of 18 set in 1987. Burlington dipped to 18, unofficially breaking their 1987 record.
Yesterday, we dropped to 21.6 at WLFI. The record for the date at West Lafayette was 21 set in 1961.
Now, high cirrus are increasing southwest to northeast with brisk north winds, but very low dew points. Relative humidity levels are in the 18-25% range, leading to elevated fire conditions, given dry fuel via previous season’s dormant grasses & leaf litter. Temperatures are not bad, but still quite a bit below-normal for the time of year & the very dry air with the wind makes it feel cooler than what is actually is (especially in shaded locations…………but being in the sun helps a lot!).
It is lettuce, spinach, broccoli, cabbage, brussels sprouts & kale planting day. I have been gardening since I was 6 years old (for 27 years) & I have never planted these crops this late. Whether it be at home in southern Indiana at Odon as a kid or working in Terre Haute & Evansville, they were always planted before March 25.
With increasing high/mid clouds tonight & winds turning to the east, then southeast, it does not look as cold as lastnight with lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s. With high/mid clouds tomorrow, highs will run mid to upper 50s.
Backdoor-like front will skim by Friday. It looks bone dry, so skies will be mostly sunny, regardless. However, front will bleed in cooler air into our northern & eastern 3/4 with only 50s for the northeast & east. Lafayette southward will be quite a bit warmer.
Front will lift back north as a warm front Friday night with 68-72 expected Saturday with partly cloudy skies.
Stalling, wobbling front along with waves of low pressure on the front will make for several waves of showers & t’storms Saturday night-Wednesday. Total rainfall of 2-3″ is likely by Wednesday. It does appear the severe threat may stay south of our area, but we will monitor it.