March 19, 2021
Weather Trends Update
By Meteorologist John Bagioni, Fax-Alert Weather Service, LLC
We are now at the time of the year that volatility and variability dominate the weather pattern and plays havoc with the modeling; even short-term periods. Usually, the greatest week to week variability occurs during the March through April period. 

It has to also be noted that temperature prediction error potential with respect to 5-to-10-day periods is now at its greatest. It is very common to see massive north to south temperature gradient across the midsection of the country, as summer-like air masses start to develop across the Deep South and Southern Plains, while bitter cold air masses are still being generated across Canada. 

Small shifts in the mean upper-level flow pattern can cause huge changes to the expected temperature profiles across the country. Needless to say, forecasters that spout a high confidence in their March and April temperature predictions can be humbled very quickly. 

Through early March, the Northeast sector of the country has been the favored zone for colder than normal conditions, while much warmer conditions have been developing across the central U.S. and nudging into the Midwest and Ohio Valley regions. 

Looking ahead, right now, there is not a strong signal for an excessively hot summer season across the Midwest and Great Lakes regions.  Once into early April, we will take a more detailed look at the summer outlook, but at this time, I favor a warmer than normal summer - but not an excessively warmer summer. Click here for the full weather report.

Meteorologist John Bagioni | FAX-ALERT WEATHER SERVICE, LLC 
(860) 675-9091 |
The Indiana Propane Gas Association is pleased to announce the 2021 Employee Training schedule. IPGA offers certified and non-certified employee training for those employed in the propane industry or looking to obtain propane training certification. To make training more accessible to everyone, classes are held in multiple locations. Classes are open to members and non-members and pre-registration is necessary. Consider sending your employees to this valuable training. Click here to learn more.
2021 Appliance Rebate Application Now Available
The 2021 Safe Appliance Installation Application is now available. As a reminder, appliances must be purchased after March 1, 2021. Appliances purchased in January and February are not eligible for the rebate program.

ALL applications must include the following: 
  • Completed rebate form, signed by both the customer and professional propane dealer 
  • Copy of paid receipt for purchased appliance 

ALL Rebates will be issued in the amount listed below for only NEW propane appliances (duel fuel units are not eligible): 
  • $300 – Furnace 
  • $200 – Water heater 

Tips from PERC
Recently, leaders from the IPGA sat down with PERC CEO Tucker Perkins and other key staff members from PERC.  From those conversations it is clear that everyone is concerned and frustrated by the ridiculous ideas of relying on the electric grid to power and heat everything.  It is also clear that it is up to everyone in the propane industry to push back and convince others that electricity is the not the saving grace for Indiana or our country.

Following the meeting, PERC offers all Indiana propane retailers the following ideas:
Join us June 23-25 as we return to the beautiful and historic French Lick Resort. The IPGA Convention will fast become a can’t-miss tradition offering valuable and timely propane-focused education as well as opportunities to network with industry colleagues and friends.

IPGA is asking for your help to make this special event a success. We are offering a variety of sponsorship opportunities for you to showcase your company. Click here to learn more.
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