SW Indiana remains listed in exceptional drought
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Most of the southern two-thirds of Indiana is still classified as in at least severe drought even with increased rainfall this month.
The U.S. Drought Monitor's weekly report released Thursday says nearly 11 percent of is in the worst category with exceptional drought. That designation covers much of southwestern Indiana from roughly Terre Haute to the Bloomington area to near Evansville.
The federal report classifies 39 percent of Indiana as in extreme or exceptional drought, with all that area in the state's southern half. Three weeks ago, nearly 69 percent of the state was list in extreme or exceptional drought.
The recent rains have led to the lifting of open burning bans in all but 16 of Indiana's 92 counties.
Indiana drought report: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?IN,MW