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Meteorologists: Hurricane Isaac Could Ease Indiana Drought

While the storm may be bad for the Gulf Coast, it could be a boon for Indiana.

June 22, 2012

Photo: National Drought Mitigation Center

The drought has caused a number of warnings in almost every Indiana county.

A National Weather Service meteorologist says Indiana’s drought will likely welcome some of the remnants of Hurricane Isaac after it blows through the Gulf of Mexico.

Joe Skowronek says though the track of the storm is still uncertain, the odds are good drought-stricken Midwestern states will get some relief from the summer’s near-dust bowl conditions.

“We really could still use the rain,” Skowronek says. “We‘re still about six inches below normal for the year, and we‘re still in a pretty severe drought so this rain would help a lot with fixing that.”

He adds rainfall early in the week will soften the ground, making the soil more absorbent, and flooding less likely.

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