The weekly drought monitor still shows the worst of the drought conditions affecting northeastern KELOLAND, mainly east of an Aberdeen-Redfield line. Minnesota's drought is a little worse this week, with 55 percent of the state now reporting drought conditions.
Following a very wet start to the summer, Watertown has only had .58" since August 1 as a result of the "flash drought," a dramatic decrease in recent rainfall.
The late August and early September heat wave in much of the mid section of the country has contributed to these conditions. NOAA recently released a map showing the widespread warmth, with temperatures averaging six degrees above normal in the midwest and hundreds of all-time daily record highs broken as a result.
But the pattern is showing signs of change. Some of the heavy monsoon moisture in Colorado will make its way northeast into parts of the plains the next few days, a very important feature to watch for those needing rain. Many of our medium-range data sources are suggesting some one inch plus rains in much of Kansas and Nebraska, extending northeast into much of eastern and southeastern KELOLAND through Monday.