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Dry April so far

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — April showers bring May flowers is a popular saying we use during the month, but so far, this year, our April has been anything but soggy.

On average, April is usually the fourth wettest month of the year in Indianapolis, with an average precipitation rate of about 3.8″ for the month. So far this year, we haven’t even picked up an inch of rainfall. It’s the 13th driest start to the month on record.

The entire state is running dry, but it gets progressively drier in the central and southwestern portions of the state. Some late-season snowfall has helped the precipitation a bit in the northern counties of Indiana.

Lack of rainfall can be a good and bad thing this time of year. We’re starting the growing season for many farmers, and many will be appreciative of the dry days to get into the fields. But we don’t want things to be too dry – especially because of the lack of snowfall we picked up over the winter.

The outlook over the next two weeks calls for wetter than normal conditions through the next 10 days, with near-normal conditions between days eight-14. So some relief in sight for those needing the rain.