Droughts Worsen For Parts of the US

By Jason Meyers, Meteorologist

April 20, 2012 Updated Apr 20, 2012 at 8:30 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- A mild Winter with less snow than normal combined with a dry Spring means current droughts are getting worse and new ones are starting to pop up. The hardest hit areas include western Texas, northern Florida, Georgia and parts of the Carolinas. Droughts in those places cost at least $10 billion in agricultural losses last year.

Closer to home, things aren't as bad. Indiana is mostly drought free. The only exception is around Evansville, which is currently categorized as "abnormally dry," the least severe drought category. Ohio is one of two states free from drought. The Fort Wayne airport currently has slightly more than a 1.5" rainfall deficit from March 1.

While we're not in a drought at the moment, we're keeping a close eye on things.Curtis Smith, Chris Daniels, and Jason Meyers will use VIPIR to keep you informed of the next round of rain or the next stretch of dry weather.

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