By Rod Rose
For the Times Sentinel
---- — Much of Boone County is experiencing moderate drought, while Zionsville is categorized as abnormally dry, as defined by the U.S. Drought Monitor as going into drought with short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of crops or pastures. Only seven one-hundredths of an inch of rain fell at the Lebanon Wastewater Treatment Plant overnight, according to records posted on the Indiana State Climate Office website. A mere .27 of rain has fallen this month. The information is based on data collected Tuesday, and distributed by the U.S. Drought Monitor. Drought conditions cover about two-thirds of the county, on a line roughly from west of Kirklin to east of Jamestown, including the Lebanon area and grazing Whitestown. The rest of the county, from Sheridan to Zionsville, is abnormally dry. A moderate drought means a high risk of field fires, low water levels in reservoirs and wells, and the possibility of water shortages. Half of the U.S. is experiencing moderate drought or worse, the National Drought Mitigation Center said. A week of 90-degree and above temperatures, coupled with a lack of rain, expanded drought to northeast and central Indiana and other areas of the Midwest, the NDMC said.