Dry conditions creep closer to Greater Lafayette

CASS COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – According to the most recent Drought Monitor released on Thursday morning, abnormally dry conditions are making their way into the WLFI viewing area from the east.

Associate Indiana State Climatologist Ken Scheeringa said it is known as the D0 category.

“The dry area has been in the eastern part of Indiana and not very much for the western part,” said Scheeringa.

News 18 Chief Meteorologist Chad Evans said rainfall in the last month has been light in the locations under the D0 category.

“For the past month, the wettest area in the entire viewing area has been West Lafayette. You move northeast and eastward, it’s been very dry,” said Evans.

“A lot of the storm systems that have been approaching Indiana tend to have moved over the western part of the state and kind of stalled there,” said Scheeringa.

As a result, the storms lost moisture, which led to less rain falling to the east. Scheeringa said stress caused by dry weather may show in corn stalks by looking dry or yellow, but dry conditions this late in the growing season should not affect the crop too much.

“Because the critical point time period for corn is past,” said Scheeringa. “In July, when it tries to silk and tassel and produce the new ears of corn.”

Scheeringa said the rain on Thursday morning will help with dryness in those locations. He expects conditions to improve in the next couple weeks.

“I think by September, that probably that area will be brought back to a normal situation on the maps,” said Scheeringa.

He said the abnormally dry conditions started showing up in Indiana mid-July. Indiana has stayed drought-free so far this summer, Scheeringa said.

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