Indiana Rainfall Deficits Breaking Records

Most of central Indiana needs a half foot of rainfall just to get back to normal - or around a foot of rain in some places to erase the deficit for the year.

Drought

Photo: National Weather Service

Latest rainfall deficits updated July 17, 2012.

Today’s heat news will be updated here as the day goes on.

5:02 PM UPDATE

The National Weather Service reports the temperature quickly spiked at 101 degrees at 3:59 PM today. The high is one degree above the previous record high set in 1887.

12:32 AM UPDATE

Triple digit temperatures are expected again this afternoon with little relief until Friday when the mercury falls to the mid 80s. A heat advisory is in effect through Wednesday due to heat indices that could reach 104 degrees.

Officials at the National Weather Service in Indianapolis say 2012 remains the warmest year on record. The temperature has risen above 90 degrees on at least 30 days.

The lack of rain is also breaking records. Total rainfall at the Indianapolis airport from June 1 through July 16 was less than a tenth of an inch. That broke the 45-day period record from August 13 through September 26, 1908. Another dry day today and July 2012 will become the driest start ever to a month of July.

Forecasters say there are chances for showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, and then again Wednesday afternoon through Friday evening.

 

Send your ‘heat’ stories and pictures that show how you are keeping cool to news@indianapublicmedia.org.

 

Joe Hren

Anchor, Indiana Newsdesk - WTIU & WFIU News. Follow him on Twitter @Joe_Hren

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