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Expert: Indiana an island of drought in Ohio Valley

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Indiana's official climatologist says this year's lingering dry spell has left the state a virtual island of drought in the Ohio River Valley.

Climatologist Dev Niyogi said Indiana is drier than surrounding states. Most of Ohio is abnormally dry, but few counties in the Buckeye State are in drought.

Illinois and Michigan have largely normal soil moisture levels. And while much of Kentucky is abnormally dry or in drought, conditions are normal in most of its southern counties.

The southern half of Indiana and other parts of the state are the midst of a moderate to severe drought. Niyogi said some rain has fallen lately, but it's either not enough or has fallen where it's needed the least.

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  • drought
    Dan--there is water rationing here they are asking you to use 20 to 30% less water. Also fire warnings for the state and county parks. And Lawn? WHAT lawn? Dried totally up here in Bloomington, IN and so did the neighbors. Now the dried grass is sloughing off and leaving dried cracked earth underneath! We wont have ANY grass on the lawn next Spring unless it starts raining and we can plant seed! Here it is NOVEMBER, and we have had less than an inch of rain since JULY! This stinks! I'm really starting to think of selling my house and moving away from this God-forsaken state. No jobs, no-good people, and now NO rain!
  • Thanks
    Thanks Guru!
  • Water Levels
    As I understand, water levels are okay due to the heavy rains we had in the spring, particularly in June. There have been no reports of low levels in the reservoirs. That said, it is normal for grass to go through a dry spell mid-summer and it will green up again when we get enough rain. It also helps to not mow your lawn too low, 3 inches is a good height. This is a good time to spot the weeds in your lawn as they are the only plants that will be green. Also note which perennials did well in the drought as they ae good choices for a low-maintenance landscape, especially by using native plants. And observe which plants bounce back next year.
  • Water consumption during Drought
    During this drought I've noticed that most of the residents in my neighborhood decided to not bother watering their yard (myself included). It seems horribly wasteful to water your yard when water levels in your area are low. That said, I haven't heard much about warnings against watering - are the water levels in the central Indy area not really that bad?

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