Report shows less of Indiana in extreme drought

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Recent rains have helped relieve drought conditions across parts of Indiana, although an updated federal report still lists nearly half the state in at least extreme drought.

The new U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday says about 17 percent of Indiana is in the worst category with exceptional drought. That designation covers the state's southwestern corner from around Terre Haute to the Evansville area.

The most significant rainfall in the last couple weeks has been across northern Indiana, leading to less-serious designations for those counties.

The federal report classifies 46 percent of Indiana in extreme or exceptional drought, down from nearly 69 percent last week.

See the report here.

Meantime, the report suggests that while recent rains stabilized the devastating drought gripping Iowa and other key farming states, the dry conditions intensified in Kansas and Nebraska.

The map shows the overall expanse of land across the contiguous U.S. states weathering some form of drought dropped less than 1 percent to 61.8 percent as of Tuesday.

In Iowa, the nation's leader in corn production, the amount of land mired in extreme or exceptional drought - the two worst classifications - dropped 7 percentage points to 62.05 percent over the past week.

But the amount of Nebraska in exceptional drought spiked 19 percentage points to 22.5 percent, while that number in Kansas rose from 38.6 percent last week to 63.3 percent now.

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