Drought Arrives in Central Illinois

The U.S. Drought Monitor had introduced D1 “moderate drought” into central Illinois. This is based primarily on very low rainfall totals of less than an inch in the last 30 days in this region, combined with temperatures that were 4 to 5 degrees above normal. The Illinois Ag Statistics Service note that the topsoil moisture was “very short” in:

  • the West Crop Reporting District (CRD) at 38%
  • the Central (CRD) at 14%
  • the East (CRD) at 51%

Drought monitor for Illinois
The U.S. Drought Monitor for Illinois on August 11, 2011. Click to enlarge.

30 day rainfall
30-day rainfall for the Midwest, ending August 10, 2011. Source Midwestern Regional Climate Center. Click to enlarge.

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