Weather Service Predicts Low Water Levels Next Year

Water levels in Indiana lakes and reservoirs are still low despite increased rainfall.

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Photo: U.S. Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows areas in Indiana that are abnormally dry.

Despite recent rain, water levels are still low in Central and Southern Indiana reservoirs and lakes.  Much of the state still has not received the amount of rain it normally does by this time each year.

As the drought parched the state, water levels across the state fell as much as 15 inches below what National Weather Service officials said was normal.

NWS Meteorologist Mike Ryan says the state has come back during a rainy fall, but not all the way.

“During August, September and into October we saw the pattern essentially reverse and we had quite a bit of rain in most locations over that three period and that’s enabled the precipitation deficit to come back to where there in most places across the state only a few inches below normal for the year,” Ryan says.  “Across the southwest including Bloomington we’re still down about 5-10 inches for the year.”

Because the water levels are still low, Ryan says that could mean new problems heading into spring.

“The concern is going forward even if we see near normal precipitation amounts over this coming winter that may mean we still would be down at least on water levels to some degree going into the spring of next year,” Ryan says.

Ryan says he expects Indiana precipitation amounts through February and early March to be near normal, or slightly below normal. He adds the Bloomington and Indianapolis area should expect between 20 and 25 inches of snow.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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