Weather Blog: Abnormally dry despite February snow

March 4, 2021 Drought Monitor

Despite above average snowfall in February, abnormally dry and moderate drought conditions persist across northern Indiana and Ohio.

Posted: Mar 4, 2021 12:11 PM

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Parts of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio picked up anywhere from just over a foot of snow to near two feet of snow in February.

Fort Wayne picked up a whopping 17.3 inches of snowfall for February 2021 which was the sixth snowiest February on record for the city.

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With that much snow, it may seem strange that parts of the region were either abnormally dry or in a moderate drought.

The latest drought monitor issued on March 4, 2020 shows abnormally dry conditions for parts of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.

Baffling? There are actually a couple reasons for this.

For starters, we received most of the snowfall during a very frigid period of time.

When the ground is frozen, it really doesn’t help to relieve a drought.

Also, snow is pretty dry and it is not equally proportional to rain.

One inch of moisture or rain does not equal one inch of snow.

This is where snowfall ratios come into play.

You might have heard your local meteorologist say dry snow or wet snow.

A dry snow is typically an 18:1 or a 20:1 ratio which means, one inch of liquid will equal 18 inches of snow or 20 inches of snow.

The same can be said for a dry snow with a ratio of 7:1 or one inch of liquid equals 7 inches of snow.

With that being said, Fort Wayne picked up 17.3 inches of snow but it was equivalent to 1.57” of actual water content.

Precipitation chances are non-existent until at least Tuesday night and becoming more likely Wednesday of next week.

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) precipitation outlook could be troubling for local farmers trying to work the fields this spring.

According to the CPC precipitation outlook, above average precipitation is expected for Indiana and Ohio through the middle of March.

The CPC also has Indiana and Ohio in above average precipitation for the three month outlook of March, April and May.

This could pose a huge problem for area farmers trying to plant seeds at the right time without getting flooded out.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 704632

Reported Deaths: 13211
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion961411718
Lake51322943
Allen39040670
Hamilton34368405
St. Joseph33865539
Elkhart27197431
Vanderburgh22050394
Tippecanoe21725212
Johnson17475374
Porter17240298
Hendricks16754310
Clark12663190
Madison12321337
Vigo12172244
Monroe11417166
LaPorte10841204
Delaware10325184
Howard9629211
Kosciusko9098113
Hancock7954139
Bartholomew7867155
Warrick7680155
Floyd7543176
Wayne6887198
Grant6773171
Boone6524100
Morgan6379138
Dubois6074117
Marshall5770108
Dearborn568576
Cass5678102
Henry5569100
Noble539383
Jackson492869
Shelby478295
Lawrence4336118
Gibson427789
Harrison427570
Clinton417753
Montgomery417286
DeKalb407984
Huntington377480
Whitley376339
Miami371765
Knox365789
Steuben363357
Putnam352360
Jasper347546
Wabash347377
Adams337852
Ripley333468
Jefferson312180
White307854
Daviess289399
Wells285581
Decatur278592
Fayette277162
Greene270485
Posey268433
Scott260853
Clay253044
LaGrange252170
Randolph234680
Washington230631
Spencer227531
Jennings224747
Fountain208245
Sullivan207542
Starke202652
Owen191956
Fulton190939
Jay185829
Carroll185620
Perry179736
Orange176753
Rush170624
Vermillion165943
Franklin165635
Tipton160943
Parke144316
Blackford133331
Pike130234
Pulaski113245
Newton103034
Brown99740
Crawford97514
Benton96413
Martin82515
Warren79315
Switzerland7698
Union69710
Ohio55711
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Ohio Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 1050112

Reported Deaths: 18991
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1219281356
Cuyahoga1067232069
Hamilton780741168
Montgomery49976996
Summit45252909
Lucas39984765
Butler37678570
Stark31385895
Lorain24111473
Warren23864293
Mahoning20869583
Lake19963362
Clermont19423229
Delaware18002130
Licking16109207
Fairfield15676197
Trumbull15553460
Medina14839259
Greene14643236
Clark13602293
Wood12733185
Portage12353196
Allen11312229
Richland11025198
Miami10525214
Muskingum8702127
Wayne8556209
Columbiana8535226
Pickaway8429121
Tuscarawas8370240
Marion8365135
Erie7554154
Hancock6694123
Ross6693146
Geauga6532146
Ashtabula6470165
Scioto6286101
Belmont5610158
Union557447
Lawrence5465102
Jefferson5303147
Huron5298114
Darke5268121
Sandusky5171120
Seneca5108120
Washington5073107
Athens500656
Auglaize475184
Mercer471184
Shelby455890
Knox4380108
Madison421559
Putnam420799
Ashland412688
Fulton409167
Defiance400896
Crawford3866101
Brown386055
Logan372876
Preble369898
Clinton360560
Ottawa356578
Highland346359
Williams324974
Champaign319257
Jackson307951
Guernsey306149
Perry289649
Fayette277348
Morrow274639
Hardin264164
Henry263566
Coshocton258857
Holmes253099
Van Wert238862
Gallia233346
Pike232931
Adams227852
Wyandot226953
Hocking208959
Carroll189147
Paulding168638
Meigs141538
Noble132837
Monroe128841
Morgan106623
Harrison105236
Vinton81414
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