The weekly drought monitor that is done from data through Tuesday, is always released on Thursday. Looking at the week to week data, we have seen a minor increase in the “abnormally dry” area in the northern part of the state.
We have also seen an increase in the “moderate drought” area as well. Locally, we have 3 counties that are considered abnormally dry.
You can see the north we have abnormally dry conditions. Most of the areas that are considered dry are running a 1/2″ to 1.75″ below normal for the past 30 days for rainfall.
You notice the northwest part of Knox county is considered “dry”.
The east/northeast part of Morrow county is also considered “dry”.
The northeast 2/3rds of Crawford county are also considered “dry”. What is good news is that we have more rain in the forecast to end the work week. Next week also promises additional rain with a frontal passage by next Tuesday.
Even when we are not getting as much rain, the clouds and cooler temperatures will help reduce the amount of evaporation as well.
The 6-10 day precipitation forecast shows a below normal outlook for much of the area.
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