Weather & Climate
Purdue Extension disaster specialist Abby Hostetler is urging Hoosier property owners and others who might have suffered damage from the recent heavy rains and flooding to file a report with the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
picture of a flooded field
Although two weeks of occasionally heavy rain and some unseasonably cold temperatures slowed planting progress and threatened newly emerging plants throughout Indiana, Purdue Extension corn specialist Bob Nielsen said there is still time to have a good grain crop if, as expected, weather conditions improved. The key, Nielsen said, is careful crop management.
Drawing of sleeping tree, pixby.com.
Nearly all creatures exhibit differing behavior during the day and night. Is it possible that despite the carbon reinforced bark trees do the same thing? New research says "Yes!"
picture of grapes
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.
Two Yellow Buoys
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.
photo of 2016 tornado damage in Kokomo, IN
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.

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