Drought Continues In Tri-State
source: U.S. Drought Monitor
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Although southeast Indiana’s status hasn’t changed, parts of Indiana are falling deeper into drought.
The US Drought Monitor released its weekly update Thursday. It shows about a quarter of Indiana – southwestern, western, and come central portions – in an exceptional drought.
Extreme drought conditions persist for 59 percent of the Hoosier state. Eighty-four percent is in at least a severe drought.
Locally, northern portions of the tri-state are in a severe drought, while areas from Cleves, Ohio to Versailles and south are in a moderate drought. Some portions of southeast Indiana are up to eight inches behind their normal rainfall in the past 90 days.
Not helping dry conditions in the tri-state is the heat. The National Weather Service in Wilmington says the Cincinnati area experienced its sixth-hottest July on record with an average temperature of 81.2 degrees. The all-time record – Cincinnati records have been kept by the weather service since 1872 – occurred in 1901 when the average temperature was 82.3 degrees.
Meteorologists say there were 21 days of 90 degrees or higher temperatures in July, the fourth most in Cincinnati history. Four days touched at least 100.