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Increased Risk of Drought Looms Over Illinois
Illinois Ag Connection - 05/26/2023

Parts of northeast, western, and central Illinois have experienced below-average rainfall over the past 4 to 6 weeks, leading to dry soils and reduced streamflow. This prolonged dryness is starting to impact perennials, gardens, and young trees, necessitating more frequent watering than usual for this time of year.

Unfortunately, the forecast for the next 7 to 10 days predicts continued dry weather and above-normal temperatures, further exacerbating the existing dry conditions and potentially triggering the onset of drought in some areas.

Accurate reporting of conditions and the impacts of drought is crucial to assess the extent of the problem across the state. Regardless of whether your area is currently wet, near normal, or experiencing dryness, it is important to report the conditions and any observed drought impacts. You can do this through the National Drought Mitigation Center's Condition Monitoring Observer Report system or by emailing the State Climatologist Office at

With the evolving situation, monitoring and reporting the state's drought status will help in implementing appropriate measures and mitigation strategies. Prompt action and information sharing can aid in managing water resources effectively and mitigating the potential consequences of a drought.

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