North Central Indiana

Included Counties: 
St. Joseph, Elkhart, Marshall, Kosciusko, Fulton, Cass, Miami, Wabash
Watersheds: 
Eel, Kankakee, Little Calumet-Galien, Middle Wabash-Deer, Mississinewa, Salamonie, St. Joseph, Tippecanoe, Upper Wabash, Wildcat

Geography

Indiana Climatic Division 2, while somewhat removed from the Great Lakes, still lies partially in the Great Lakes Watershed. It borders Michigan to the North and includes the cities of Elkhart and South Bend. Outside of larger municipalities, the terrain is almost entirely dedicated to agriculture.

Overview

The climate of the North Central division is continental, driven by the movement of pressure systems across the country. Large daily variations in temperature are more common than in climatic divisions nearer the Great Lakes. But as with the surrounding region, the division does not usually experience prolonged periods of extreme heat and humidity in the summer or prolonged, extreme cold during the winter. Summers are generally quite warm, and winters, while not as severe as in more northern locations, can be cold with moderate to heavy snowfall. Lake-effects are limited to the south, but the northern sections near South Bend and Elkhart can experience substantial lake-effect snow off of Lake Michigan during periods of northwesterly winds.
 

Changes In Precipitation

 in.cm.%
Annual4.010.010.75
Winter0.82.112.96
Spring0.30.93.44
Summer1.12.89.24
Fall1.53.817.78

Linear best-fit changes are calculated over the period 1950-2012. Percentage changes are calculated relative to the 1951-1980 historical reference period.

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Changes In Temperature

 °F°C
Annual1.91.1
Winter1.81.0
Spring3.31.8
Summer0.90.5
Fall1.30.7

Linear best-fit changes are calculated over the period 1950-2012. Percentage changes are calculated relative to the 1951-1980 historical reference period.

Seasonal Precipitation

Seasonal Temperature