Recent rainfalls across Illinois this week has continued to benefit Western Illinois. The Moderate Drought (D1) conditions that we had in Fulton, Peoria, Knox, and Warren counties has now been eliminated. That same area is still considered Abnormally Dry, but this is an improvement from the conditions that they were previously experiencing. The only areas in Western Illinois that saw worsening drought conditions was the Northwestern corner of McDonough County and also Southeastern corner of Henderson County. The only other areas that worsened in the state was near the Chicagoland area and the Wisconsin/Illinois border as some areas there were added to the Abnormally Dry Conditions (D0) category. Other areas saw no change.
The new drought monitor does not take in the rainfall that occurred on Wednesday. The drought monitor gets its measurements every Tuesday with the results of those measurements being released every Thursday morning. The images below compare the drought monitor from last week and takes a look at this week. Check back next week for another update on the drought conditions across Illinois.