Drought Worsens

September 19th, 2013 at 3:24 pm by under Weather
Current drought levels, courtesy the Drought Monitor.

Current drought levels, courtesy the Drought Monitor.

Despite the near half inch of rain we picked up last week, the drought has worsened across the WANE viewing area.   Now most of Northeastern Indiana is under a “D0 Drought,” or abnormally dry.

This updated level does not include the rain from this morning or this afternoon and this drought level is determined by the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Compare the drought level from one week ago in image below.

Comparing the drought level from last week to current conditions, courtesy the Drought Monitor

Comparing the drought level from last week to current conditions, courtesy the Drought Monitor

You can clearly see there is a lot more yellow on the map and the area of tan (D1 Moderate Drought) has expanded into parts of Miami County.

So, how will today’s rain impact the drought?   The more rain the better, but about 1″ rain is needed just to stop the growth or expansion of the drought.  Only time will tell and hopefully, the rain on Friday, will help make a dent in the drought.   Sadly, on average, September is not one of the wettest months of the year, but actually, the 5th driest.  In my honest opinion, I expect the drought to worsen in the next 30 days before it weakens.

5 Responses to “Drought Worsens”

  1. Aaron says:

    Thanks for deleting my comment and others on your facebook post about the drought. I don’t believe we are in any kind of drought and to post that bullshit on the wettest day we have had this month shows poor logic in my opinion. We got plenty (if not excessive) rain over the last day or so. Seeing flooded areas of the streets in Warsaw and in my own basement are proof enough that we got alot of rainfall today.

    1. Jonathan Conder says:

      First off, I did not delete your comment.
      Second, the drought level does not include the rain from this morning.
      Third, I don’t determine the drought level, the National Drought Mitigation Center does that.
      So, if you are upset about this, take it up with them, don’t twist off on me.

      Jonathan

      1. Aaron says:

        Well my apologizes because someone from your station did. Sorry for the confusion Sir.

        1. Jonathan Conder says:

          No problem. I totally understand where you are coming from. Hard to think drought after a good heavy rain fall. Jonathan

          1. Aaron says:

            Agreed. Again I apologize if I sounded harsh. You do a good job on the weather. Keep up the good work.