More Than Half of Illinois Drought Free!

By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON
By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON

There's improvement to mention on the drought front once again this week! For the first time in months, we can say that not a single inch of the State of Illinois is characterized as being in an extreme drought! Until this week's release of the US Drought Monitor, the Northwestern-most area of our state, including Stephenson, Jo Daviess, Carroll, and Whiteside Counties, making up 3.8% of the state's area, were still in the extreme drought category.

Substantial improvements have been noted in the other categories of drought in the Land of Lincoln over the past week as well! Now, just 15.2% of the state finds itself in severe drought, slashed by nearly half from 27.3% a week ago. That's the worst category of drought still in play in Illinois, and unfortunately, is the category in which the entire Stateline finds itself.

Moderate drought conditions have dwindled from just over 60% of the state down to 42.3%. This, too is noteworthy, since it's the first time in months that less than half of the state is officially considered to be in any sort of drought! Presently, 84.6% of Illinois is found to be abnormally dry, also down from 91.8% last week!

There's still a ways to go, but we continue to roll in the right direction!


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