Northwest Kansas No Longer Dry, But Drought Creeps Onward in Southwest

Abnormally dry conditions have exited Northwest Kansas, but areas in the Southwest are experiencing slightly drier conditions. USDA’s weekly Drought Monitor update posted its first significant change Thursday morning since late February, upgrading six counties in the northwest that had been under abnormally dry conditions for much of the winter. However, severe drought conditions have re-entered western Grant and southwestern Kearny counties in the past week, while more of Stevens County has entered moderate drought. In total, 3.7 percent of Kansas is in moderate drought, while another 2.4 percent is in severe drought.