(3:00PM Fri, September 1st 2023) The latest NOAA drought monitor update valid Tuesday August 29th, 2023 shows that much of Illinois continues to experience abnormally dry (D0) to severe drought (D2) conditions. While conditions have greatly improved across the state over the past two months or so, the lack of consistent and widespread rain/t’storms across the state over the past two weeks or so has lead to maintenance and a leveling off of conditions. The weather pattern over the next week will support little chances for widespread and consistent rain/t’storms across the state, which will lead to a maintenance of drought conditions for some areas, while conditions may begin to worsen once again in other areas.
•Widespread abnormally dry (D0) to severe drought (D2) conditions exist across much of the state.
•Drought conditions continue to maintain and remain leveled off across the state, since the previous update on August 24th.
•Little in the way of consistent rain/t’storm chances are expected across the state over the next week, which will lead to a continued maintenance of conditions for most areas, some conditions potentially beginning to worsen once again in other areas.
The next drought monitor update will be on Thursday, September 7th.