Nearly nine percent of Kansas is now in moderate or severe drought, according to this week’s USDA Drought Monitor. Severe drought now covers 3.5 percent of the state, stretching from Morton to Finney counties. Surrounding areas in 14 southwestern counties are in moderate drought. Abnormally dry conditions have expanded into a majority of Greeley and Wallace counties, as well as the northwestern corner of Norton County. 31.6 percent of Kansas is in some stage of dryness or drought this week, up two percentage points from 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.