Drought expanding in the Midwest, conditions worsen in Illinois

Though the past seven days have featured considerable rainfall in and around the Stateline, much of the area still remains abnormally dry, according to the latest issuance of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Unfortunately, the situation's not getting better. In fact, it's gotten slightly worse. This week, just over 22% of the Midwest finds itself to be in an abnormally dry state or worse, up from nearly 16% a week ago. Not only is that area growing more expansive, but in some spots the drought is worsening. For the first time this summer, some areas are considered to be in moderate drought, about 2% of the Midwest, specifically.

Much of the area found to be in moderate drought happens to be in Illinois, reaching as close to us as Whiteside County! For Illinois as a whole, about 44% of the state's landscape is in some state of drought, up slightly from last week. Meantime, just over 6% of the state is now in moderate drought.

There is more rainfall in the forecast in the coming days. The first chance arrives late tonight, and continues through the early part of the day on Friday.