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Nearing drought conditions

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

It may be a surprise to many individuals in the area that we are nearing drought conditions and it is barely June.

If you view the U.S. Drought Monitor, then you are aware of the fact that parts of Clay and Owen counties are already listed as "Abnormally Dry."

As the temperatures continue to climb and we receive little rain, the "Abnormally Dry" area will expand and potentially change to be listed as a "Moderate Drought."

Anyone can view the U.S. Drought Monitor and stay current to drought conditions throughout the United States and in specific states.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is updated weekly with current information every Thursday.

They also have historical data and forecasts.

You may view the U.S. Drought Monitor at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/monitor.ht.... To view a specific region or state, just click on the map.

If we would go into drought conditions, then you might be interested in a few helpful hints on how to deal with a drought.

For starters, think about conserving water by only using your dishwasher or washing machine when you have a full load.

You can also conserve water by turning off the faucet when brushing your teeth.

Allow your grass to grow slightly higher and stay out of the sun during the hottest part of the day to prevent heat-related illness.

You can prevent some heat-related illness this summer by making some basic adjustments to your house.

First, replace your air conditioner's filter when it is dirty and keep debris off of your coils.

If you are putting a window air conditioner in, locate it in a window that is shaded.

Insulate your doors and windows using weather stripping and caulk and ventilate your attic.

Then during the day, you should pull down your shades and close curtains.

Finally, give your air conditioner a break at night by using a fan.

If you would like more helpful tips associated with weather related disaster and safety, then view your recently updated Purdue Extension website.

The county websites have been updated to include information about weather related safety issues and a few videos about Purdue Extension programming and the tulip tree scale problem.

You can find links to both topics under the "local links" segment on the left-hand side of the website.

You can view your Purdue Extension website at http://extension.purdue.edu/clay for Clay County and http://extension.purdue.edu/owen for Owen County.

In Clay County, you will also find current open class exhibit information and some history about Clay County as compiled by the Extension Homemakers listed there too.

As always, if you have any questions or would like information on any agriculture, horticulture, or natural resource topic, then please contact your local Purdue Extension Office at 448-9041 in Clay County or 812-829-5020 in Owen County or reach me directly at smith535@purdue.edu.

Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.

Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:

* June 10-14 -- Owen County 4-H Horse Camp,

* June 16 -- Open Horse Pleasure Show at the Owen County 4-H Fairgrounds,

* June 17-19 -- 4-H Camp, and

* June 19 -- Pond Management, Owen County 4-H Exhibit Hall, 6:30-8 p.m.