Eastern Kansas has been running above average for rainfall during April, which is improving drought conditions in some areas. Mary Knapp is the state climatologist.
Knapp says the drought is being downgraded in some counties in extreme eastern Kansas, but the entire state remains dry. She says conditions in western Kansas -where the drought is more severe- have showed less improvement. She says some parts of western Kansas saw less than 25 percent of the rain that is average for April.
April showers have had an impact on the drought in eastern Kansas. State Climatologist Mary Knapp says some areas in extreme eastern Kansas have had their designation changed from “drought” to just “abnormally dry.” But, she says there’s still a long way to go to significantly reduce the drought conditions in the rest of the state.
Western Kansas still faces a significant lack of moisture, and April showers have been sparse there. Knapp says some parts of western Kansas have seen less than 25 percent of the normal rain for April.