The latest release of the U.S. Drought Monitor is out, and, not surprisingly, conditions have worsened in the State of Illinois over the past seven days.
The entire state is now officially classified as being abnormally dry or worse, up from 86.1% last week at this time.
The amount of territory now classified as being in a Moderate Drought or worse has nearly doubled in the past week, from 16.5% last week to 31.4% this week!
Additionally, there's been a slight uptick in the areas downstate classified as being in a Severe Drought. Now, 7.8% of the Land of Lincoln, in the extreme southernmost part of the state, has achieved Severe Drought status.
Rains are in the forecast over the coming seven days, though they'll likely be scattered in coverage, not likely amounting to significant relief.