How Much Rain Fell Wednesday & Thursday?

July 20, 2012

Scattered showers and storms Wednesday and Thursday stayed the longest over Hancock County as this map shows. (Full sized version.) (A wider view.)

As much as 4 inches fell around Fortville. Generally over an inch fell over much of northern and eastern Indiana. Amounts were smaller west and southwest of Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Airport ended up with .68″ from the two-day period.

Parched soils will remain dry after receiving up to an inch of rainfall. Rainfall of up to 2 inches will not even make the soil muddy or cause any small streams to flow according to recent observations from southern Indiana. The Weather Service estimates that we would need a regular weekly rainfall of about an inch to erase the drought.

Unfortunately the three-month outlook from the Climate Prediction Center indicates at least a slight chance of below normal precipitation through October. Trick or treat.

The rain wasn’t the only thing Thursday.

A wind gust of 72 mph was reported in Mccordsville.There was a 66 mph wind gust at the Mount Comfort Airport, also off to the east.

Smaill hail fell, and lots of lightning was reported, but even the rough stuff wasn’t dampening rain enthusiasm: From my Twitter feed:

@barbaraepperson: @PaulPoteet Hubby’s nifty rain gauge measured 1/2″ this a.m. and 1-1/2″ this evening near 79th and Sunnyside on NE side
@noblesvilleplay: @PaulPoteet yay!!!!!!!!!! Rain!!!!
@friantharris: @PaulPoteet cats, dogs, lightening, thunder and WIND at 126th and Olio. Just watched a trampoline take flight!
@caitysaurusrex: @PaulPoteet what a storm! I’ve been missing these! #WeGotRain

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