80s Stretch Comes to An End…………..Blackberry Winter or Locust WinterMay 23rd, 2013 at 12:39 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
Our 8-day stretch of 80s came to an end yesterday with a high of 75. Today’s 63 occurred at midnight with a morning-afternoon high of 61. Lake front has dropped temperature from 61 to 53 quickly.
Our stretch of 80s in May was the longest since a 10-day stretch (May 22-31) in 2010 at West Lafayette. Before that, 1998 had a similar, long, stretch with 8 consecutive days of 80s.
Spotty showers, chilly north winds & slowly-falling temperatures into the 50s area-wide will dominate today with mostly cloudy to cloudy skies.
Clearing will occur evening-tonight. As “Blackberry Winter” & “Locust Winter” roll on, lows will drop to 38-41 area-wide. Blackberry Winter is a period of cool weather where we see our last 40-45 temperature in late May to perhaps early June as the blackberries are in blossom. Also referred to as Locust Winter, it is the last cool snap until September & often coincides with the last of the Black Locust trees.
It appears that no frost will be able to form in Jasper, Newton & Pulaski counties (where temperatures will be at 38) due to a high likelihood of a north breeze.
Regardless, it will be cold!
Tomorrow looks good with mostly sunny skies & 65-68 area-wide. High & mid clouds will increase tomorrow night as warm front approaches, with lows in the 40s.