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Could Hottest Indiana July Ever Portend Less Snow In Winter?

The sample gates on IU's campus frame a vew of Kirkwood as snow flakes fall.

Photo: Bill Shaw

National Weather Service experts say this may be an uncommon scene this winter if the drought persists this summer.

The hottest and driest July on record for much of Indiana is over — but August doesn‘t look much better. Indiana‘s southwest quadrant, from Indy and Terre Haute down to Evansville, recorded, on average, less than half an inch of rain in July.

National Weather Service hydrologist Al Shipe says there‘s no relief in sight without help from a tropical storm.

“We’re not California,” Shipe says. “There’s always that possibility in California if you miss the rain in the wintertime, you’ve got to wait till next winter.  So we could have a tropical system come up here in September or some time and give us ample rain.”

But Shipe says the current long-range forecast is for the dry weather to persist into fall, followed by a warmer-than-normal winter with less snow. That could make 2013 even drier.

But Shipe says wet conditions from the isolated showers the state has had tends to coax more rain. That‘s why there‘s wide variation in rainfall among nearby communities. While Indianapolis‘s west side has been dry, the east side had more than six inches of rain.

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