FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — It's two steps forward and three steps back.
Seems like once we finally make some major improvements across Indiana and Ohio, another dry stretch comes along and puts us back in a drought.
The latest drought monitor released Thursday, May 20, 2021 indicates abnormally dry conditions have expanded across northern Indiana.
The abnormally dry conditions encompass approximately 21% of the Hoosier state which is up 1% from last week.
The drought in Ohio has remained unchanged over the past week.
Abnormally dry conditions account for about 8% of the state.
Meanwhile, our friends to the north are dealing with very dry conditions.
— Colton Cichoracki (@ColtonCwx) May 20, 2021
The latest drought monitor has 6% of western Michigan in a severe drought.
Approximately 65% of the state is in a moderate drought.
The forecast over the next several days is looking pretty dry for the Midwest.
According to the Climate Prediction Center, the drought is expected to persist.
Persistence and expansion of #drought are forecast across much of the West through the end of August. Some improvement is possible across parts of the Southern Plains and Florida. Hawaii may also see drought development. https://t.co/Tp4IHSv4Of pic.twitter.com/LLmooUpuF5
— NWS Climate Prediction Center (@NWSCPC) May 20, 2021
There is only an isolated pop-up storm chance over the weekend.
Minimal storm chances are on tap early next week and the best opportunity of rain comes near the middle of next week.
The summertime heat will last through at least the middle of next week then more seasonable air moves in.
If you have planted your garden, you will need to water it over the coming days.
Warm weather continues today and this weekend with temperatures rising into the 80s. Rounds of widely scattered showers are possible both Saturday and Sunday. Some of the showers could have rumbles of thunder accompany them on Sunday. pic.twitter.com/JWa0dhpgGZ
— NWS Northern Indiana (@NWSIWX) May 21, 2021