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Officials comment on lack of rain

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

The old saying, "Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day," is not applying to Clay County at the moment.

According to WTHI News-10 Meteorologist David Wire, 0.8-inches of rain has fallen in the area so far through the month of June.

Wire said while the area saw a significant amount of rain in May, it only fell during the first three days of the month.

"We had a chunk of rain early on, where as we'd like to have that spread out," Wire said.

According to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, 34 counties had issued active burn bans as of Tuesday, including Vigo and Sullivan counties -- both of which border Clay County. The City of Jasonville also issued a burn ban Tuesday, but Greene County is not under one.

Other area counties issuing active burn bans include Knox, Daviess, Monroe and Lawrence, according to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security.

Clay County officials are currently taking a wait and see approach to the possibility of issuing a burn ban.

While Wire said the temperatures might drop soon, little to no rain is expected for at least two more weeks.

Wire said two cold fronts are expected to come through the Wabash Valley in the next few days, which will affect area temperatures.

"Typically, (cold fronts) give us rain, but we aren't calling for much rain," Wire said, adding he is calling for less than a 20 percent chance of rain.

"There's just no moisture ahead of (the cold fronts)," Wire added. "We'll have a 7-14 day period of dry weather, but we'll be cooling off."

Wire said temperatures are running well above normal for this time of year.

"We're actually approaching record-high numbers," he said.

He said the only thing that may bring rain to the area would be a tropical storm, or hurricane. However, none are projected in current forecasts.

"That typically is what saves us, but right now, we don't have that on the horizon," Wire said.

Wire said drought levels from 2011 were bad, but came later in the season.

"We did get as bad last year, but we're hitting this very early this year," he said. "The heaviest rain in May was in the first few days of the month. We had some decent rain, but it didn't help us out. We're seeing drought conditions comparable to last year. We're just seeing them earlier."

The local forecast through Monday is calling for temperatures ranging from 95-degrees to 86-degrees, with a chance of isolated thunderstorms Friday.

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