(9:00PM Thursday, September 28th 2023) The latest NOAA drought monitor update valid Tuesday, September 26th, 2023 shows that much of Illinois continues to experience abnormally dry (D0) to severe drought (D2) conditions. Consistent and/or widespread rainfall has been sort of hit or miss across the state over the past month and a half. This has led to a renewed worsening of drought conditions in some areas, while other areas have seen improvement in conditions. The weather pattern over the next week will support little in the way of chances for widespread and/or consistent rainfall across the state. Because of this, drought conditions will likely maintain or worsen a bit in many areas.
•Widespread abnormally dry (D0) to severe drought (D2) conditions exist across much of the state.
•Drought conditions have improved for some areas and worsened for other areas since the previous update on September 21st.
•Consistent and/or widespread rainfall chances are not expected across the state over the next week. Because of this, drought conditions will likely maintain or worsen a bit in many areas.
The next drought monitor update will be on Thursday, October 5th.