Severe Drought Conditions Continue in west central Indiana

Severe drought conditions continue in portions of west central Indiana as a result of prolonged hot and dry weather from July 17 through September 13.  According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, severe drought conditions are centered on a line from Terre Haute in Vigo County to Spencer in Owen County and include all of Vigo, Clay, Owen and much of Parke, Putnam, Greene, and Sullivan counties.  Abnormally dry to severe drought conditions exist in nearly all of Indiana south of a line from Covington in Fountain County to Richmond in Wayne County.

Significant rainfall occurred in portions of central and southern Indiana on September 17-18.  Many areas received 1 to more than 3 inches of rainfall...the most since June 20.  Even with this rainfall, central and southern Indiana has received less rainfall since June 1 than in 2010.  The severe drought areas have received only about half of the 2010 summer rain.

The agricultural community has been affected the most as a result of the drought conditions.  Local reports indicated that crop yields in west central and portions of central Indiana will suffer as a result of the hot and dry weather during the summer.

Drought conditions will show some improvement through September 29 as a result of cooler weather and some rainfall. 

Below is a table of rainfall at sites across the area along with the departure from normal:


Rainfall June 1 - September 21

Departure from Normal

Same Period for  2010













Terre Haute








More information about drought across the USA can be found at the U.S. Drought Portal and click here for Summer Hot Weather Statistics for the Indianapolis area. Information on burn bans across central Indiana can be found at the Indiana Department of Homeland Security's website.


Central Indiana Drought Information

Click on any image below for a larger version. Images courtesy of NOAA, Midwest Climate Center, and the USGS

Current Conditions



US Drought Monitor Information for Indiana: 

Drought Monitor

Drought Portal Link

30 day Precipitation Percent of Normal:

30 day precipitation departure from normal 

Midwest Climate Center

Soil Moisture (4 inch depth):

Soil Moisture (4")

River Streamflow Conditions

River Streamflow Conditions

USGS Real Time Water Data 



8-14 day precipitation outlook:

8-14 day precipitation outlook

Climate Prediction Center 8 to 14 day outlooks

Drought Outlook:

Drought Outlook

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