FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Late last week, a strong system brought a widespread rain to the Midwest.
Due to the fact that the rainfall occurred on Thursday, March 18, it wasn’t part of the drought monitor update until this Thursday, March 25.
The drought monitor is released every Thursday at 8:30 a.m. EDT but the data cutoff each week is Tuesday at 8 a.m. EDT.
Although this week’s drought monitor includes the widespread rain from last week drought conditions have worsened across parts of northeast Indiana.
Areas along and north of US 6 are now in a moderate drought.
Approximately 14% of Indiana is in a moderate drought which increased from 9% since the March 18, 2021 drought monitor.
Abnormally dry conditions encompass 29% of the state which is down from 39% reported a week ago.
In Ohio, minor improvements have been made.
Approximately 11% of the state is in a moderate drought which is up about 1% from last week.
Nearly 45% of the state is classified as abnormally dry which is down from 54% from just a week ago.
As of Thursday, Fort Wayne has received a total of 1.15 inches of rainfall for the month of March, which is a rainfall deficit of .84 inches.
The city has picked up a total of 4.59 inches since January 1 which is a deficit of 1.70 inches.
According to the Climate Prediction Center, drier than normal conditions are expected to persist into the middle of April.
— NWS Climate Prediction Center (@NWSCPC) March 19, 2021