The month of June turned very dry over much of Indiana and the Midwest. By early July, most of Indiana was rated abnormally dry by the US Drought Monitor, with a few areas experiencing "moderate drought". If similar conditions continue into July reduced crop yields, damage to lawns and landscape plantings, and fire risks can be expected.
Indiana PREPared has created this site to assist farmers, homeowners, extension professionals, and the public in accessing educational resources and information about drought conditions. We will continually update the site with useful resources as these hot and dry conditions persist.
Current Indiana Drought Map
Click HERE for a map of current Indiana drought conditions. This map is produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Integrated Drought Information System. The map is updated weekly. The interactive map can provide data for individual counties.
The National Drought Mitigation Center classifies drought conditions from D0 (Abnormally Dry) to D4 (Exceptional Drought). Click HERE to learn about impacts expected in Indiana for each classification.
Indiana County Burn Bans
Several Indiana counties have enacted burn bans in response to the dry conditions. CLICK HERE or on the image above to view the most recent burn ban map from the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.
Drought Resource Sites
Purdue Extension Drought and Heat Stress Crop Production Resources
Purdue Extension crop specialists have assembled this site, which includes information about corn, soybeans, and forages, as well as general climate resources.
The Kernel website is the Purdue University Extension corn production website. The site is constantly updated with current management recommendations from Purdue specialists, along with information from crop researchers from throughout the Corn Belt.
State of Indiana Drought Info Portal
The State of Indiana's "Drought Conditions and Impacts" site is a portal to drought information for Indiana. Links are provided to governmental agencies including the Departments of Natural Resources, Homeland Security, and Health, as well as educational resources.
Indiana State Climate Office
The Indiana State Climate Office (IN-SCO) site includes many tools for current weather events in the state such as precipitation, severe weather, and much more. In addition, historical data about Indiana weather patterns can be obtained from the site.
EDEN Drought Resources
The Extension Disaster Education Network collects resources from Land Grant University Extension programs from throughout the country.
CoCoRaHS Indiana Precipitation
The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS) is a volunteer network of weather observers working together to measure and map precipitation in their local communities. Visit this link for the most recent Indiana data.