Varying levels of Drought continue across the area
The largely dry conditions that have been affecting the area the past three months has generated moderate to severe drought over central Illinois. Though some decent rains of 1 to 2 inches fell between September 14-21 over the Illinois River Valley and southeast of I-70. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor from September 20, severe drought conditions exist over a large part of central Illinois. Moderate drought conditions extended northward to roughly the I-74 corridor, and southward toward I-70.
Looking ahead, the 6- to 10-day outlook calls for warmer-than-normal weather nationwide, except for near- to below-normal temperatures in the Southeast. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal precipitation across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal conditions in the middle and southern Atlantic States and the Pacific Northwest.