A second-straight week of solid improvements in the USDA Drought Monitor has resulted in Central Kansas exiting drought conditions, while fewer counties to the west are dry. The weekly update indicates that severe drought is now contained to just Morton, Stanton, and southern Hamilton counties. Moderate drought continues in parts of five other counties, accounting for just over six percent of the state. About 14.5 percent of Kansas remains in drought or abnormally dry, just over half of the area that was drier than normal a week ago.
The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC.