USDA Drought Monitor (1/19): Midwest Sees Drought Improvement

According to today's Drought Monitor report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Midwest saw a mix of drought improvement and expansion last week.

Heavy precipitation (150 to over 300% of normal) in Ohio and Indiana led to improvements in moderate (D1) drought and abnormal dryness (D0) where streamflows and soil moisture show signs of recovery.

Missouri, though, saw an expansion of severe (D2) drought based on increasing precipitation deficits (6 to 12 inches over the last 6 months) and declining streamflows. Continued below-normal precipitation led to an expansion of D0 in Illinois and far southeast Wisconsin as streamflows have begun to decline.

For the full USDA report for Jan. 19, click here.