INDIANA — Every Thursday the Drought Monitor is updated and this week our drought conditions have improved! So far for the month of January, Indianapolis has picked up 2.96″ of precipitation, which is about an inch above where we should be so far. This count does include the snowfall Indy received.

Currently, 34.67% of the state is drought-free! 65.33% is currently under abnormally dry conditions with 5.19% under moderate drought conditions. Marion County is currently drought-free!

What does this mean? Each category means there will likely be different impacts from different factors around the state. “Abnormally dry” usually means the grass will turn brown, gardens will need to be watered more frequently, and crops are stressed. Once we hit the “Moderate” drought stage, there are more noticeable changes. Crops become more stressed, your lawn needs to be watered more often, and water levels begin to decrease.

The higher up the scale the drought goes, the more severe the impacts will be to crops, your lawn, and water levels. As we continue to climb the scale on the drought monitor, more dangerous conditions also begin to set up, causing concern for fire.

Looking ahead to next week

Next week, there is an above-average chance of precipitation over the next week. Some good news for our drought conditions!

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