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.