(6:30PM Thur, Dec 22nd 2022) The latest NOAA drought monitor update valid December 20th, 2022 continues to show a large portion of Illinois is experiencing drought conditions, ranging from abnormally dry (D0) to severe drought (D2) conditions. The most significant and widespread drought conditions continue to be across Southeastern and Southern Illinois. With this update, drought conditions have improved across the state. Widespread and heavy precipitation across the state last week has lead to the improvement of drought conditions, including the removal of extreme drought (D3) conditions that had been in place across far Southern Illinois.
•Drought conditions across the state have improved since the previous update, on Dec 15th.
•Abnormally dry (D0) to severe drought (D2) conditions continue across a large portion of the state.
•While areal coverage across the state is widespread, the most significant drought conditions continue to be across Southern Illinois.
The next drought monitor update will be on December 29th.