Rains easing region's drought: Midwest seeing conditions improve

Southern Indiana remains under drought conditions, but that’s changing with above-normal rainfall in September and more expected in the next few weeks.

“There are still lingering effects of drought, but by most accounts, it’s definitely on the wane,” hydrologist Al Shipe of the National Weather Service said Thursday.

Rainfall in Jackson County ranged from 3 to 6 inches during September, Shipe said, with 6 inches recorded southeast of Seymour. That’s about 3 inches more than the typical 3.2 inches of rain for the month.

“You weren’t in the rainiest part of the state, but you weren’t in the driest, either,” Shipe said. Northern Indiana was the driest section of the Hoosier state during September.

“Southwest Indiana was the wettest,” he said. “They had more than a foot of rain in Gibson County. We estimated they could have had 10 to 15 inches in different areas, and Martin County had 12 inches of rain.”

Shipe said Indianapolis received 7.7 inches of rain in September, making it the fifth-wettest September on record.

“People up here are mowing their grass in the rain,” Shipe said.

Recent rainfall is likely helping with some field crops, said Richard Beckort of Purdue Extension Jackson County.

“The rains we’ve had lately have helped some of the later planted beans fill in,” he said Thursday.

Yield reports run the gamut.

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