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Indiana Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center, United States Department of Agriculture, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.

Purdue Extension Resources

Education Store Drought-Related Publications lists educational materials that focus on drought topics available from Purdue Extension — most are free

Consumer Drought Information

First Aid for Drought-Stricken Plants lists tips to save plants hurting from drought

Hot Weather is Tough on Plants Too! explains what to do if your garden plants suffer from drought

In Times of Drought gives specific watering tips to follow during drought

Keeping Food Safe During Emergencies helps you plan for food needs when the power is out

Keep Plants Watered for Drought Recovery describes practices for keeping garden plants healthy so they can recover after drought

Mulching Conserves Soil Moisture explains how mulch can help conserve soil moisture in gardens

Purdue Extension Water Quality Program provides in-depth information about ensuring safe drinking water

Homeowner Drought Information

Forestry: The Drought ... Continues? offers guidance on how to care for trees in times of drought

Got Nature consists of blog postings from Purdue’s Department of Forestry and Natural Resources, including information about the drought

Indiana residents asked to cut back on water use reports how the State asks Indiana residents to cut back on water use

Irrigation Practices for Homelawns discusses how much (and how) lawns should be watered

Lawns and the Summer 2012 Drought/Heat Crisis: Now What? explains how to recover your lawn

My Lawn is Brown and Crunchy… Is it Dead? What do I do now? explains how "brown and crunchy" grass might not be dead

Purdue Turf Tips Blog suggests ways to care for turf in Indiana

Specialist: Controlling lawn weeds in drought carries risks explores whether herbicides are safe to use on lawns during drought

Water Conservation in the Home offers tips for homeowners about conserving water year-round

Indiana Resources

Burn Ban Map provides real-time updates of the burn ban status for all Indiana counties

Dry Weather provides dry weather and fire safety tips, plus updates on burn bans across Indiana

Extreme Heat highlights what to do during extreme heat to protect yourself from heat-related illness

Fireworks Safety details firework laws and safety tips, and lists Indiana counties with active firework restrictions

Food Safety During Power Outages (ISDH) (PDF) offers ways to store food during power outages and how to identify hazardous foods

Indiana Department of Homeland Security provides public safety information and tips for Indiana residents

Indiana DNR: Licensed Water Well Drilling Contractors provides a list of water well drilling contractors who are licensed in Indiana

Indiana State Climate Office provides current and historical weather observations recorded throughout Indiana


This page provides Purdue Extension resources about the drought specifically for homeowners and community leaders.

Purdue Extension will continue to monitor the drought and update resources daily. If you have questions that are not answered here, contact your Purdue Extension county office. Please call (during normal business hours): 1-888-EXT-INFO (398-4636). Ask for Purdue Extension in your county. Or email

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Partially flooded field in Indiana 

January rain nearly wipes out remaining drought in Indiana

By Keith Robinson
Janurary 28, 2013

A week of rain and unseasonable warmth in January replenished the ground with enough water to eliminate dry conditions across Indiana except for the far northern part of the state.

The report by the State Climate Office, based at Purdue University, is good news for crop farmers, who rely on rain and snow over the winter to "recharge" soils with water needed for spring plantings.

"We can't overemphasize the significance of this recharge in creating the much-needed reserves of soil moisture that can help alleviate the impacts of dry conditions if we start getting that around planting time," said Dev Niyogi, state climatologist. "While the general outlook is for normal rains in coming months, our recent experience guides us to think the threat of drought again is just round the corner and not off the mind or landscape.  These rains and snow events are critical."

Farmers were discouraged at the end of November as drought seemed to creep back, especially in Indiana's northern tier of counties. Drought maps changed little over the next six weeks until a dramatic warm-up Jan. 8-12 melted snowpacks and allowed the ground to thaw. Temperatures ranged from the upper 50s in the north to near 70 in the southwest.

The climate office said light rain fell every day during the warm spell and became heavy on Jan. 13, with as much as 6 inches of rain for the week in the extreme southwest counties. One to 3 inches was common elsewhere, except for extreme northwest Indiana.

There was so much rain so quickly in some places that the ground couldn't hold all of it, resulting in runoff to rivers and streams that exceeded flood stage for a few days.

The results of the rain are seen in the Jan. 24 update of the U.S. Drought Monitor. Abnormally dry conditions - the lowest level of dryness - that had persisted in central and southern Indiana have been erased.

The area of moderate drought - the first level of drought - in the north has shrunk to just a few northwestern counties. That area needs about 3 inches of rain to return to normal.

Northeastern Indiana has improved from moderate drought conditions to abnormally dry. It needs about 1.5 inches of rain.

The outlook for soil moisture recharge into the early spring is encouraging, the climate office said. A current Pacific Ocean neutral weather pattern - that is, neither El Niño nor La Niña - is expected to persist through spring. A year ago at this time, Indiana was in a La Niña pattern, which favors summer drought in the region.

The latest monthly report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration signals a cool February with equal chances of above-normal, normal or below-normal precipitation. Further ahead, the outlook through April - a busy month for farmers planting their crops - favors above-normal precipitation. 

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