Tue August 28, 2012
Isaac could help alleviate IN's drought
Whether it's a tropical storm or hurricane does not matter. Whichever classification, Isaac is expected to bring a lot of rain to Indiana.
The track of the storm after it hits land, as of Tuesday morning, takes it up the Mississippi River valley and across southern Illinois into the Hoosier State.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Joe Skowronek says the additional rain is needed.
"We really could still use the rain, we're still about six inches below normal for the year, and we're still in a pretty severe drought so this rain would help a lot with fixing that."
He says the track is still uncertain, but models show central Indiana could get as much as six inches of rain. That's expected to come between Friday morning and Sunday morning.
Skowronek says the storm’s force will have died down after that much time over land.
"Once the remnants get up this far north it pretty much acts like any other storm system, it could move slow, it could move fast, it depends on how fast the jet stream is and other factors."
Flooding should be minimal, thanks to the heavy rains early Monday. He says that helped soften the ground and soil, so if we do get a lot of rain from Isaac, it will tend to soak in better than it normally would.