As of the last U.S. Drought Monitor update, currently 41.99 percent of the state is experiencing D0 to D4 levels of drought.
Approximately half of Clay County and half of Owen County are in the D0 level (abnormally dry).
This is a much better situation than what we found our state in back in August.
To view the most current Drought Monitor, log on to http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/monitor.ht....
You might wonder how this improvement has occurred.
Think back to when we first started getting light rain showers.
Those light showers provided some general cosmetic relief. However, they didn't end the drought.
If you look at the Indiana State Climate Office website, you would see we received between 3-4 inches of rain in October in most of Clay and Owen counties.
The Northeast edge of Owen County received between 4-5 inches.
However, the change started well before October as the majority of both counties received more than 5 inches of rain during the month of September.
It was the soaking rains that we have had off and on over the last two months that have provided the drought relief.
If you take a few minutes and visit the Indiana State Climate Office website, you will be surprised by some of the facts related to weather, which you can find there.
For starters, you can find out the current precipitation for your area along with estimated times for sunrise and sunset.
Based on their estimate, on Nov. 8, 2012, sunrise should be at 7:26 a.m., and sunset at 5:40 p.m., around Terre Haute.
There are also historical facts there, including information about when the most amount of ice was accumulated at one single time within the state.
For those curious, that event occurred in 1988 and amounted to 2 inches of ice.
You can visit the Indiana State Climate Office website to find out more by logging on to www.iclimiate.org.
As the seasons continue to change and we see the end of the drought, I encourage anyone interested to attend programs hosted at the various Purdue Extension Offices.
Programs are open to anyone regardless of county of residency.
Some programs do involve a slight program fee.
Individuals interested in flower arranging are encouraged to sign up for the Flower Arranging Workshop Nov. 13, at 1 p.m., at the Owen County Extension Office in Spencer.
It only costs $10 to attend the program.
Participants will be able to make and take home a flower arrangement.
You must register for the program by Nov. 9, at 4 p.m., by calling 812-829-5020.
Another exciting program that is being offered is the MarketReady Indiana program.
MarketReady Indiana features sessions on each stage of food marketing, including quality assurance, pricing, insurance and relationship building.
The program is hosted in Monroe County, Nov. 13, and in Vigo County, Nov. 30.
If you are interested in signing up, please call 317-462-1113. Cost for the program is $60.
Finally, anyone interested in forestry should take a look at signing up for the Forestlands Workshop in Morgan County.
The program will take place in Martinsville, from 6-9 p.m.
It is completely free. However, they do ask that you register by calling 317-631-5263 Ext. 118.
It is a three-night program that covers managing forestlands for wildlife habitat (Nov. 27, 2012), private forestlands for future generations (Dec. 4, 2012), and productive and sustainable forests (Dec. 11, 2012).
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 448-89041 in Clay County or 812-829-5020 in Owen County, or reach me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Purdue University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution.
Upcoming opportunities available to you through Purdue Extension include:
* Nov. 12 -- County holiday, Extension Office closed,
* Nov. 13 -- MarketReady Indiana, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $60. Program in Bloomington. Call 812-349-2575 to register,
* Nov. 13 -- Flower Arranging Workshop, 1 p.m. Cost is $10. Program in Owen County at Extension Office. Call 812-829-5020 to register by Nov. 9,
* Nov. 14-15 -- Indiana Rural Summit, Indianapolis. Log on to www.in.gov/ocra to register,
* Nov. 15 -- Peggy Davis retirement open house in Clay County, 3-5 p.m., Clay County 4-H Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall,
* Nov. 22-23 -- County holiday, Extension office closed, and
* Nov. 27 -- Start of Forestlands Workshop, 6-9 p.m., Martinsville. Call 317-631-5263 Ext. 118 to register.