Drought Taking Toll On Indiana Crops

Blazing heat and weeks without rain are parching the region

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Temperatures are expected to crest 100 degrees Thursday, with no rain in sight. Experts say Indiana's corn yield could be worst in nation.

The summer sun and dry weather is taking a toll on Indiana, with no end in sight for a widespread drought. Blazing heat and weeks without rain are parching the region… and we’re only a few days into summer.

University of Southern Indiana Geology Professor James Durbin says the drought has been six months in the making. He says cold air from Canada isn’t coming as far south as it needs to.

“Because of that, the cold air doesn’t interact with the humid air that comes up from the Gulf of Mexico and so there’s no mechanism to get the moisture out of the air”, he says.

Right now, all 92 Indiana counties are experiencing drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows the driest areas around Evansville and Fort Wayne.

Durbin says Indiana crop yields could be some of the worst in the nation this year. So, what will it take to get back the region back to normal? Around 15 inches of rain.

No rain is expected for at least the next week or so. Durbin says how long the drought will last is hard to say…he says usually, dry conditions don’t last more than a year.

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