At this time last year, farmers in Indiana were already preparing and planting for the season because of record-breaking temperatures.
A state climatologist says warm temperatures and day-long rains have helped the ground recover from last year's drought.
Meteorologists say springs are generally becoming wetter and summers are becoming drier.
A meteorologist from the National Weather Service predicts the combination of rain and melting snow could cause minor flooding in some parts of the state.
City Utilities Director Patrick Murphy says since the restrictions were instituted, the average daily demand has decreased 18 percent to 20 percent.
While the storm may be bad for the Gulf Coast, it could be a boon for Indiana.
The forecast calls for cooler than normal daytime highs today and tomorrow.
Even though Monroe County has received rain, it is not enough to lift the burn ban.
A lack of precipitation this summer could lead to less snow this winter, experts say.
Many rural residents rely on groundwater for drinking and cooking, and many city dwellers and businesses tap into underground aquifers as well.