FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Recently, there have been a couple rounds of soaking rain showers for northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio.
The rain has been beneficial to the region and it has improved the moderate drought across northern Indiana.
The northwestern part of Steuben county remains in a moderate drought, but that is a big difference from nearly all locations north of US 6 from a week ago.
The latest drought monitor released Thursday, April 1, 2021 still indicates abnormally dry conditions across northern Indiana.
Approximately 2% of Indiana is in a moderate drought which decreased from 14% since the March 25, 2021 drought monitor.
Abnormally dry conditions encompass 25% of the state which is down from 29% reported a week ago.
In Ohio, moderate drought conditions have expanded.
Approximately 16% of the state is in a moderate drought which is up about 5% from last week..
Nearly 36% of the state is classified as abnormally dry which is down from 45% from just a week ago.
As of Thursday, Fort Wayne has received a total of 2.69 inches of rainfall for the month of March, which is a rainfall deficit of .02 inches.
The city has picked up a total of 6.13 inches since January 1 which is a deficit of .88 inches.
According to the U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook, drought conditions are expected to persist through the month of April for parts of northern Indiana.
Development of #drought is forecast across portions of the Rockies, Florida, Northeast, Great Lakes, Central Plains, and Southern Plains during April. Some improvement is possible for parts of the Pacific Northwest, Minnesota, and eastern Dakotas. https://t.co/9pT87CSQMB pic.twitter.com/A4bMBtMFwl
— NWS Climate Prediction Center (@NWSCPC) March 31, 2021