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Ag. Weather Outlook 6-05-2014

by Tim Abramowski

Forecasters dont seem to be changing their minds regarding what lies ahead the next couple of days for us. We still have a green light to get outside through Saturday. The only change comes Sunday with the outlook now saying the heaviest rains will remain to our south as the latest Rockies to Atlantic costal system rides toward Kentucky and Tennessee. Were still in for rainfall just not as much. Midweek rainfall amounts were generally in the one-quarter to one-half inch range with heavier amounts to the south. The path of the weekend system may duplicate that. Extension Educator Mark Longstroth says we gained about 200 growing degree days, base 42 and 140 base 50 last week. He says the result is similar to normal fruit development for 3 of the last 5 years but well behind 2010 and 2012. The long range picture for the rest of June remains cooler than normal. This weeks two rounds of rain, plus another on the way Sunday, should keep things green heading toward the middle of the month. Thats great news for those who enjoy an emerald landscape as summer begins. Great, that is, as long as its not accompanied by fields with standing water. With a cooler-than-normal Lake Michigan it might also be wise to remember to use extra caution in the early mornings as fog may develop more frequently near the shoreline.