Drought expanding across Central Indiana

Posted at 6:42 PM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 18:42:15-04

You don't have to look very far to see the impact our lack of rain is having. Most yards are more brown than green at this point. We're getting into historic territory with our dry weather. If September were to end today, our 0.04" of rainfall would give us our driest month EVER in Indianapolis history. March 1910 holds the current record with just 0.07".

The biggest change with Thursday's updated drought monitor is the addition of Moderate Drought across portions of west central Indiana. Abnormally Dry conditions also expanded across eastern portions of the state. More than an inch of rain earlier in the month is keeping Muncie and surround areas out of the dry conditions so far.

We do have some rain in the forecast! A series of fronts will bring a couple of rain chances to the area by late weekend or early next week. While things could still change, models are suggesting a decent round of wet weather with the potential of rainfall in excess of half an inch.

We will take any rainfall we can get, but it's going to take quite a bit to help us out in recovery from the very dry stretch. Parts of Indiana would need 3-6" of rainfall to even things out. Even with some rain chances coming our way, you may still want to water the lawn a bit longer. Mainly dry conditions are expected again into early October.