January precipitation pulls most Indiana counties out of drought situation

Some NW counties still abnormally dry

INDIANAPOLIS - One state expert said recent moisture that has rained down on central Indiana is helping the Hoosier state recover from 2012's extreme drought.

Associate State Climatologist Ken Scheeringa said recent snow and rain has helped to bring much of Indiana out of a prolonged drought.

From Jan. 8 to Jan. 15, moisture brought about a half dozen southern counties out of an abnormally dry state.

More counties followed suit from Jan. 15 to Jan. 22.

The news should be encouraging for farmers, especially as they try to plan for spring planting.

"Money in the bank you might say or in this case moisture in the soil because when you need it, it's there," Scheeringa said. "There is sort of a bank system you might say where the soil does hold water and it will save that water until it's called on during the summer months when the crops are growing again."

But not all experts agree that Indiana is in the clear.

One map shows some states to the west that are still in a drought stage, and there is a chance that could head toward the Hoosier State in the coming months.

"I guess I'm more of an optimist," Scheeringa said. "I see more good than I do bad, but that's always in the back of our mind that, OK that drought area is not entirely gone. It's still sitting there."

While most of the state is back to normal, some northwest counties are still considered to be abnormally dry.

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