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Indiana has been receiving less precipitation than normal, particularly over the last 30 days (Figure 1).  In fact, southern Indiana has only received 25%-50% of the precipitation amounts it normally sees during this period.  One would think this would mean “Abnormally Dry (D0)” if not “Moderate Drought (D1)” classifications for the U.S. Drought Monitor.  However, as mentioned in previous articles, drought is not caused by just a lack of precipitation.  This week, drought leadership teams from Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky discussed this dilemma where precipitation data is suggesting the introduction of Abnormally Dry status for the tri-state area.  Interestingly, other indicators such as soil moisture, stream flow, and local observations from residents in the area are indicating normal, if not wet, conditions are still prevailing.  While the amount of precipitation has not recently kept up with what is normal for this time of year, there have been a lot of[Read More…]

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Last week was marked by cooler temperatures and lots of rain.  Field days were limited and flowers were waiting to be planted.  Then came this week.  Temperatures are reaching the upper 80s to low 90s with dew point temperatures over 70F (anything over 60F or 65F starts to really feel muggy).  The statewide rain spigot has turned off with only intermittent rain possibilities until this weekend when the chance for more rain and thunderstorms will increase across the state.  What happened?  Did we blink and miss spring?  It can certainly feel that way, but alas, these swings back and forth between extreme conditions seem to be our new norm. The good news is Indiana has made it past any reasonable climatological risk of a hard freeze still occurring.  Severe weather has spared Indiana so far this season, and a brief period of warm dry weather could be welcomed!  However, it[Read More…]

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