Updated: 8:03 AM 8/16/12
You can get complete coverage of the drought in our Drought Watch Section.
For central Illinois, the drought monitor didn't change much. All of the changes that did take place were less than 1% and pretty much not noticeable on the map. For us, all of central Illinois is considered to be in an extreme drought with the exception of parts of Livingston, Ford, Iroquois, and Vermilion Counties. The extreme drought didn't change at all compared to last week's drought monitor.
You can get more on what the categories of drought mean in our Weather 101: Drought Section.
Rainfall has been very hard to come by this year. Parts of central Illinois are pushing around 12 inch below normal this year on rainfall. At the same time, the 5-Day Rainfall Forecast does have some rainfall and the 8 to 14 day forecast is looking to have near normal rainfall.
You can get complete coverage of the drought in our new Drought Watch Section.
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