Welcome rain fell early Monday mainly in southwest-central Indiana. Generally, half-inch amounts were received in Bloomington (.54″) and Ellettsville (.48″) with higher totals of Patoka Lake (.88″) and French Lick (.81″). Meanwhile, only .08″ fell in Indianapolis while many locations north received even less or no rain at all.
After a wet first half of summer, since July 18, this has been the driest weather Indianapolis has seen since 1901 — 120 years. Only .11″ of rainfall has been recorded at the official observation site near the airport. This is the second DRIEST for the dates on record only behind 1901’s .03″ of rain.
We are watching for a daily storm chance here especially into the late night and pre-dawn hours Tuesday as well as each of the next four days. The rainfall is selective this time of the year, but a storm complex or two can unload heavy amounts of rain. Better timing and location of such complexes will be available in the days ahead, but coverage is still considered limited to 20% or less at this time.
Despite the recent dry spell, Indiana corn and soy rated quite high from latest USDA crop report. “Adequate” top soil moisture rating was reported for 61% of the state.