Drought Worsens Across Indiana, Locally
(Lawrenceburg, Ind.) – Nineteen percent of Indiana is now in the worst drought condition there is according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
The nation’s top drought authority issued an update as of Tuesday, July 24 placing a large portion of southwest and west central Indiana in an exceptional drought. Evansville is about 13 inches below normal rainfall while Terre Haute is about 14 inches behind.
More than half the state – 57 percent – is in an extreme drought.
Franklin County as well as northern portions of Dearborn and Ripley counties are now considered to be in a severe drought. Much of the rest of southeast Indiana from Lawrenceburg to Corydon remains in a moderate drought.
The federal government has declared a natural disaster in 64 Indiana counties, extending U.S. Department of Agriculture aid to 16 neighboring counties.
Meteorologists with the National Weather Service in Wilmington, Ohio say periodic storms through the region have either allowed for near steady drought conditions or some minor improvement. Short term improvement could be seen locally over the next two weeks.