The second stage of drought conditions have emerged in two areas of Southwestern Kansas. USDA’s Drought Monitor indicated that a majority of Finney and Morton counties are now in severe drought. Moderate drought conditions persist or have expanded into 13 counties. Abnormal dryness, considered a pre-cursor to drought conditions, have developed in the past week in two other parts of the state. A large area anchored on Thomas County in Northwestern Kansas has entered pre-drought conditions, while five counties north of Wichita are also abnormally dry. In total, 8.5 percent of Kansas is in drought, with another 21 percent abnormally dry.

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.