Drought WorsensSeptember 19th, 2013 at 3:24 pm by Jonathan Conder under Weather
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.
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.