Some rain fell over Illinois
over the 4th of July weekend. Southern Illinois
south of I-70 received amounts of 1 to 2 inches over large areas. The rest of
the state received amounts of less than 0.5 inches.
Since March 1, the state has received only 8.62 inches
compared to a normal of 16.25 inches, resulting in a 7.6-inch deficit. The US
Drought Monitor has put north-central and northeast Illinois in the third category of drought,
called “extreme drought”, as conditions have clearly worsened over time.
Meanwhile, the rest of the state is in either a “moderate” or “severe” drought.
Over the next two weeks, the only chance for significant
rains appears to be from what remains of Hurricane Dennis if it tracks up the Mississippi River Valley by Tuesday. By the time it
it would be a slow-moving, rain-producing system with the potential for rains
of up to 3 inches. However, the ability to accurately predict the track of such
systems is not high.
Current climate conditions in Illinois can be monitored at:
The US Drought Monitor map is released on Thursday at: