INDIANAPOLIS – Much of Indiana has dried out after weeks of little rain, although conditions arent nearly as severe as during last summers extended drought.
The U.S. Drought Monitors weekly report listed most of Indianas midsection and the northwestern corner as abnormally dry, which is the lowest drought condition.
The report places 38 percent of the state in that category.
In comparison, more than 80 percent of Indiana was in severe to exceptional drought at this time a year ago.
The National Weather Service has measured less than an inch of rain this month in Indianapolis, with no rain forecast in the upcoming days.
Indianas corn and soybean crops dont seem hurt yet as about 75 percent of each are listed in good or excellent condition.
Unlike Gary and Indianapolis, the Summit City has not seen abnormally dry weather this summer.
In fact, Fort Wayne has had 5.07 inches of rain this month, which is 2.33 inches above average, said Mike Rehbein, National Weather Service meteorologist.
For the year, 32.33 inches of precipitation has fallen, which is 6.39 inches above normal, he said.
In general, northeast and north central Indiana have been spared the unusually dry weather thats hit other parts of the state, Rehbein said.
But the forecast through the weekend and into next week calls for no rain and highs in the upper 80s, drying out the area, he said.