After two months of unusually warm conditions throughout Indiana, state climatologists based at Purdue University believe temperatures will slowly return to seasonal norms over the next month, which is good news for fruit growers and home gardeners concerned that their plants might be emerging too quickly.
The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant program continues to monitor The Great Lakes while sharing real-time data to fishermen and boaters by utilizing social media. Wind speed, lake temperatures and wave height are now shared with Twitter posts for quick and easy access to the public.
State relief agencies were calling for more volunteers and financial contributions to help victims of back-to-back storms that triggered flooding and tornadoes across a wide swath of north-central Indiana over the past 10 days, damaging homes, commercial buildings and crops and leaving at least a dozen people injured.
The rainy weather that has settled over much of Indiana for the past month has made harvesting and drying hay for safe storage more difficult, potentially raising the risk of barn fires, a Purdue Extension forage specialist says.
Indiana's corn producers had 30 percent of their crop planted as of May 1 and were ahead of schedule despite more rain than normal so far this spring.
The potential of a major, crippling snowstorm headed for the East Coast this weekend serves as a reminder for everyone in snow-prone areas to prepare for the worst, Purdue Extension disaster education specialist Steve Cain says.
The extent of the crop damage caused by last summer's severe weather became clearer with a new U.S. Department of Agriculture report showing that Indiana's corn production fell to its lowest level in three years. The state's soybeans fared better, recovering enough from the early-season flooding to produce a stronger crop.