Sad news on the drought front for Wisconsin. The latest US Drought Monitor now indicates all of the state of Wisconsin is in abnormally dry or worse conditions. The drier than normal weather in August took its toll, even in the Northwoods where earlier this year they had plenty of rain. The good news is that the severe and extreme drought conditions have not expanded. With not much rain in the forecast this weekend, we will probably not see any improvement next week. If we don’t see significant rain this Fall, then I suspect we will start to see much lower lake and river levels develop once again. That was one of the saddest sights I remember from the various drought years from 2002 to 2009 – so many docks out of the water because water levels had dropped so far. If El Nino sticks around this Fall and Winter, the weather could remain drier and warmer than normal.
Around the country, the most improvement has been in the extreme and exceptional drought that had been in the Ohio Valley. The areal coverage of the worst drought has retreated a great deal as heavier rain has hit Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, and neighboring areas in recent weeks. Otherwise, around the rest of the country there has not been a whole lot of change.
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This post was written by jloew on September 14, 2012