FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — The latest drought monitor released Thursday morning isn't looking good.
It includes more areas of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio in the moderate drought category.
Approximately 14% of Indiana is in a moderate drought.
If you compare that number to the drought monitor from July 16, it’s a 4% increase.
Nearly 71% of the state is classified as abnormally dry which has remained steady.
In Ohio, 23% of the state is in a moderate drought which is up from 3% reported a week ago.
Nearly 79% of the state is classified as abnormally dry which is a 20% increase in 7 days.
The latest drought monitor does not reflect the rainfall past 8 a.m. Tuesday.
With that being said, area-wide rainfall totals from Tuesday and Wednesday ranged from .20 inches to over 2 inches.
The Fort Wayne international Airport received 1.47 inches of rainfall from that system.
As of Thursday, the monthly rainfall deficit for the city is .17”.
Some progress has been made but the Summit City still has a deficit of 2.36” since June 1.
The area-wide rainfall deficit from June 1 to July 23 ranges between 2 to 4 inches.
The next best chance of precipitation is Monday.