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Live Doppler 13 Weather Blog: What is a 'flash drought?'

Explaining flash drought and the threat here in central Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS — We have been dealing with a hot and dry weather pattern across central Indiana.

In fact, we are more than two inches below average precipitation for the month of June.  

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With the lack of rain and all of the heat, we have the potential for a "flash drought."

You might be asking: Is that a real thing?

It is an actual weather phenomenon.  

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A flash drought is different than a drought because it happens quickly. It happens due to really high temperatures that increase the rate that moisture is moved from land to the atmosphere. This lowers soil moisture and it is made worse with lack of rain. We only have one rain chance - on Sunday - in the seven-day forecast.

Below is our current drought monitor map. Check back for an update in the coming days.

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