An Indiana climatologist says the drought conditions that stressed Indiana’s crops this summer appear likely to linger into the fall harvest. It may be a little difficult to convince Decatur residents, though.
A rainfall of 1.17 inches in the 24 hours up to 7 a.m. today pushed the city's total for two days to over two inches.
Officials at the city weather station says they recorded .96 of an inch in the 24 hours up to 7 a.m. Thursday, boosting the total since 7 a.m. Wednesday to 2.13 inches. The total for the week, Monday through Thursday, is 2.19 inches.
The National Weather Service says there is a 40 percent chance of scattered showers in the Decatur area today and a 30 percent chance tonight. Chances of rain on Saturday are pegged at 40 percent, Saturday night at 20 percent, and Sunday at 30 percent.
Meanwhile, associate state climatologist Ken Scheeringa says Indiana is forecast to see slightly lower than normal rainfall during the fall. Temperatures are expected to be normal to slightly below normal.
While continued dry conditions may not be ideal for late-developing crops, Scheeringa says they likely will mean farmers will see good harvesting conditions.
He says Indiana is at the eastern end of a Midwest drought region that also covers central Illinois and southeastern Iowa.
Nearly all of Indiana is now considered abnormally dry and a moderate drought spans much of the southern half of the state. Severe drought conditions cover Johnson and Morgan counties in the state’s central region.
—The Associated Press contributed to this story.