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Drought Conditions Easing in Eastern KS

Drought Flickr photo by Amanda Z(Flickr Photo by Juno Photography)The drought that has been gripping parts of Kansas appears to be easing. Just a few months ago, about 97 percent of Kansas was considered to be experiencing drought conditions. Now, much of central and eastern Kansas is back to normal. That’s according to Mary Knapp, with Kansas State University, who calls the turnaround “exceptional.”

Some areas have received 16 to 21 inches of rain recently. But conditions are still very dry in western Kansas. Even though that area has logged some above-average rain totals, Knapp says the west has still seen far less rain than other parts of the state.


Severe drought has been gripping much of Kansas, but in some parts of the state that grip has been easing. As KPR’s Stephen Koranda reports, much of central and eastern Kansas is back to normal.


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