(9:15PM Friday - 7/1/22) The latest NOAA drought monitor valid June 28th, 2022 continues to have portions of Illinois experiencing abnormally dry (D0) to moderate drought (D1) conditions, with conditions having expanded and intensified since the last update on June 21st. Several factors continue to contribute to the formation, expansion and intensification of this drought across portions of the state, including but not limited to: Lack of widespread and consistent rainfall, warm temperatures, high soil moisture evaporation due to the time of year and ample sun.
The good news is that the weather pattern for the beginning of July, over the next 7-10 days or so, will be wetter across the region. This should help alleviate dry conditions for some areas, and should help to limit further drought expansion and intensification for some areas as well.
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