Timely rains throughout Indiana last week have helped to significantly improve the state’s drought status according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map.
Fifty-four percent of Indiana remains “abnormally dry” compared to 75 percent the week before.
Even though the state continues to avoid seeing any parts that are experiencing a “severe drought”, the percentage of Indiana under a “moderate drought” has decreased from 26 percent to 19 percent from last week.
“The amount of rainfall varied from none to 4.10 inches over the week,” says Nathanial Warenski, State Statistician with the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service Indiana Field Office. “The statewide average precipitation was 1.37 inches, 0.46 inches above normal.”
The areas of the state that remain under a “moderate drought” are mostly throughout northwestern and east-central Indiana. Most of Posey and Vanderburgh counties in southwestern Indiana are also shown to be under a “moderate drought.”
Hoosier Ag Today Chief Meteorologist Ryan Martin says heat and humidity return across the state for Friday, Aug. 4—with rain most likely to appear on Sunday, Aug. 6 with 80-percent coverage across Indiana.
Click below for Ryan Martin’s Indiana Farm Forecast for Friday, Aug. 4.