VAN WERT – Weather specialist Rick McCoy said that he is sure that many area farmers will probably say, “I’ll have to see it to believe it,” later this week when local meteorologists predict a slowdown in rain and temperatures possibly rising to nearly 80 degrees by the latter part of the week.

Several waves of low pressure continued the moisture patterns through much of this weekend with up to a half inch of rain falling in many areas Saturday through Sunday evening. Prior to that, many parts of the local area had received up to two inches of additional rain Thursday night and early Friday morning, especially in the northern part of the county, leaving the continual water logging of Adams County and Van Wert County fields practically hopeless.

McCoy said that following one more cool day on Tuesday, National Weather Service officials are looking for much warmer air to spread into the area by late in the week with highs rising to nearly 80 degrees on Friday and lower 80’s on Saturday. Sunday evening, National Weather Service officials in Northern Indiana issued a special weather statement nothing that much warmer weather is anticipated later this week.

“Much warmer weather will gradually build over the Midwest and Ohio Valley regions. By the end of the week, weak upper level systems may bring some showers and possible thunder at times, but organized and more widespread rainfall is not expected through Saturday,” said the Weather Service.

McCoy said that weather officials are saying that it appears now that the best chance for any more significant rain won’t occur until Sunday as it appears a significant energy may eject east out of any upper level troth at that time.

Midwest weather specialist Tom Skilling from WGN in Chicago said on his site that most of the area is projected to have near normal precipitation and warmer than normal temperatures through the rest of the month.

“I know that it seems cool at times, but actually the temperatures for this month so far are not even close to some of the chilly Mays we have sometimes had in the past,” said Skilling.

In the meantime, agricultural experts from the CORN Newsletter out of Ohio State University Extension encouraged farmers to be as patient as possible in the next couple of weeks.

Extension experts said that recent records indicate that very small losses occur with corn planted by May 25.

“The most important thing is for farmers not to lose patience and go in and tear up their ground before it is actually ready for tilling,” said experts. “Going into the ground too soon can ruin fields for years to come.”