(UNDATED) - The hottest and driest July on record for much of Indiana is over -- and August doesn't look much better.
Indiana's southwest quadrant, from Indy and Terre Haute down to Evansville, recorded less than half an inch of rain in July.
National Weather Service hydrologist Al Shipe says there's no relief in sight. Shipe says the current long-range forecast is for the dry weather to persist into fall, followed by a warmer-than-normal winter with less snow.
Shipe says it'll take a tropical storm system to break the drought and he doesn't see any on the horizon - though he cautions Indiana's notoriously changeable weather could yet bring relief.
Shipe addd that wet conditions from the isolated showers the state has had tends to coax more rain. That's why there's wide variation in rainfall among nearby communities. Shipe notes that in Indianapolis for instance the west side has been dry, while the east side had more than six inches of rain.
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