Recent rainfall here more like normal

    Drought conditions may be lingering, but rainfall in Decatur in recent days has been normal ... or maybe above normal.    
    Tuesday's rain pushed the city's total for the month of July to nearly three inches; 2.96 to be exact.
    Decatur received 1.04 of an inch on Tuesday, and in a seven-day period through Tuesday had accumulated 2.33 inches after going the first 17 days of the month with slightly more than half an inch.
    June's rainfall here amounted to just 1.04 inch.
    The National Weather Service said there is a 60 percent chance of showers and storms — some of which could be severe — in the Decatur area today and also early tonight.
    There's a 30 percent chance listed for Friday, but none for the weekend.
    Meanwhile, some relief from the heat is said likely by the weekend.
    The Decatur weather station recorded a high of 93 degrees on Wednesday, the third mark in the 90s in the past four days. Today's high could be near 91, forecasters said, with high humidity.
    Friday's high should drop back to around 87, then 84 to 85 for Saturday and Sunday.

Wants all 92 counties
    Lt. Governor Becky Skillman said Wednesday she wants the U.S. Department of Agriculture to declare a natural disaster in all 92 of Indiana’s counties
    The drought led USDA to declared disasters Wednesday in 14 more counties, bringing to 64 the number of counties with such a designation. Along with adjacent counties, they qualify for low-interest loans from the federal government.
    Adams County qualifies as an adjacent county.
    Skillman, Indiana’s agriculture secretary, says she and Indiana Farm Service Agency Executive Director Julia Wickard will write Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack requesting primary disaster declarations for all 92 Indiana counties.
    The USDA added the following counties Wednesday: Blackford, Boone, Clinton, Delaware, Fountain, Henry, Madison, Montgomery, Rush, Tippecanoe, Tipton, Vermillion, Vigo and White.
    The U.S. Drought Monitor report released last week shows nearly 54 percent of Indiana is now in extreme drought.
    —The Associated Press contributed to this story.