Early Stages of Drought In Parts of AreaAugust 22nd, 2013 at 11:09 am by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
Parts of the viewing area are in the early stages of drought. Impacts are largely short-term with grass going into dormancy & some water-sensitive tree/shrub species shedding leaves. Some crops are becoming a bit stressed.
These impacts are most-widespread in our western & southwestern counties where greatest rainfall deficiencies since July are present.
July & August have both had below normal rainfall at WLFI & the last time we had over 1″ of rainfall in a 24-hour period was May 27 with 2.13″.
Very wet January & April have made up for all other months have below-normal precipitation here at West Lafayette.
In most of the area, extremely wet January & April conditions with flooding & lower temperatures this summer have made this a banner crop year.
There are select locations that have received normal to a bit above normal rainfall all summer, however.
Scattered showers & t’storms are possible today, but rainfall totals will vary from place to places with some areas receiving an inch & others absolutely nothing.
Wabash at Lafayette Low Water Records
(1) 0.24 ft on 08/18/1901
(2) 0.30 ft on 09/26/1941
(3) 0.82 ft on 07/19/2012
(1) 32.90 ft on 03/26/1913
(2) 31.10 ft on 02/17/1883
(3) 29.50 ft on 08/03/1875
(4) 28.47 ft on 05/19/1943
(5) 28.00 ft on 08/05/1878
(6) 28.00 ft on 06/11/1858
(7) 26.28 ft on 06/14/1958
(8) 25.61 ft on 04/20/2013
(9) 25.50 ft on 02/27/1936
(10) 25.35 ft on 01/06/1950