Many people who still remember the snowy years of the late '70s, including the blizzard that paralyzed Indiana, think of snow when they think of January in Indiana. But the actual average snowfall totals for most of the state for January over the past 30 years may not be as high as you might imagine.
You can use this information to form a guess and enter the 2014 Winter Seed Giveaway, sponsored by Indiana Prairie Farmer and Beck's Hybrids. The top three winners will receive free seed for 2014 from Beck's Hybrids.
All you do to enter is guess the snowfall totals for three selected cities in Indiana for Dec. 1 through Feb. 28. Entries are due postmarked January 15, 2014, or by 11:59 p.m. EST on January 15 if you're sending by email. So you have time to see how winter plays out, and if more storms like last week are on the way, before you enter.
Ken Scheeringa, associate state climatologist, selected LaPorte, Whitestown and Paoli as the three locations. Simply guess how many inches of snow will fall at each location. The guess closest to the combined total of actual snowfall wins.
Dec. 1 through Feb. 28 is considered climatological winter by climatologists, Scheeringa says. That's why those dates were selected.
Use the entry form in Indiana Prairie Farmer December or January issues, or email your guess to email@example.com. Include your name, phone and cell phone number, address and acres of each crop you grow, plus your guesses for the three locations.
Here is some information from the NOAA National Climatic Data Center that might help. The average number of days it snows, and average total snowfall for January, respectively, for these towns are: Angola, 6.9 days, 10.5 inches; Rochester, 4.2 days, 10.9 inches; Valparaiso, 7 days, 13.1 inches.
In central Indiana, results are: Anderson, 4.6 days, 7.4 inches; Kokomo, 7.4 days, 11.4 inches; Marion, 4.6 days, 6.2 inches; Richmond, 4.3 days, 4.9 inches.
In southern Indiana, January snowfall historic averages are: Bloomington, 4.1 days, 6.9 inches; Brookville, 3.4 days, 5.3 inches; Columbus, 3.5 days, 6.6 inches; Tell City, 0.8 days, 0.5 inches.