Latest Drought Numbers Are Out

The latest drought numbers are out as of this morning and they still paint a rather dry scene across much of the Region. The latest numbers out of Valparaiso show we’re about 3.5 inches below average since June 1st and about 4.5 inches below average on the year. We’ve seen a bit more rain in Newton and Jasper counties, but a good soaking would do all of our lawns (and late summer gardens) a favor. Here’s the latest drought monitor:

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WHERE DID THE RAIN FALL YESTERDAY?

While some of us have seen heavy downpours in the last few weeks and may not need the rain, the majority of NWI could use a good soaking as we’re running several inches below average since early June. Yesterday’s weaker storm system still provided a decent chance at a soaking–but much of the rain fell outside of NWI:

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LAST NIGHT’S RAINFALL

A few showers moved in last night and into the early morning hours, mainly down to the south–but in no way was it relief to our dry soils:

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RAINFALL FORECAST

We’ll have passing showers around today on the backside of this storm system and we may even see a few storms develop to our west later in the day that will need to be watched as they float towards NWI…but most of the activity will be isolated to scattered and no immediate relief is in sight. Here’s what our models paints in terms of rainfall the next 24 hours:

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UPDATE ON NEXT WEEK’S STORM SYSTEM

As we chatted about in our last post found here [Impressive Storm System Next Week?] we’re still on track for a pattern changing cold front next week that could bring a round of strong storms followed by breezy, drier, cooler conditions by the middle of the week. Models continue to fluctuate with the track and intensity of the low…as expected…but the main idea of an unusually strong low pressure for August still exists. Will continue to track and update as this may bring that decent soaking we’re looking for! Stay tuned!

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