An update released this week on the nation’s drought shows conditions becoming even worse in some Midwest and Plains states. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor map shows nearly all of Kansas is suffering from extreme or exceptional drought. State Climatologist Mary Knapp wasn’t surprised at the update.
Knapp says Kansans have seen some scattered rain showers recently and cooler temperatures, but that doesn’t mean the drought is becoming less severe.
She says some areas of Kansas would need to see more than 15 inches of rain to return to normal conditions.