An area of near-drought conditions is creeping closer to Bloomington, according to the federal drought monitor, a joint effort of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Nebraska.
A band of parched counties stretches across the center of the state with the “abnormally dry” zone just touching the northern reaches of Monroe County and extending a third of the way into Brown County.
After several years of “exceptional” or “extreme” drought conditions affecting much of Indiana, the spring and summer of 2013 brought a return to more normal groundwater conditions here.
But the last half of the summer has proven to be uncomfortably similar to the arid summers of 2011 and 2012.
The city of Indianapolis has reported a mere one point one-five (1.15) inches of rain in August, only a third of what’s expected.
The NOAA five-day forecast indicates only a slight chance of precipitation in Bloomington Saturday night and Sunday morning.