Drought deepening across Kansas

Three weeks ago, KVOE listeners were officially listed as abnormally dry by the U.S. Drought Monitor. There have been some significant changes since then, and they aren't good.

Moderate drought has been in place areawide the past two weeks. Now nearly all of Chase County, along with parts of Morris and Greenwood counties, are in severe drought.

State climatologist Mary Knapp says March was extremely dry across east central Kansas.

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This represents a rather rapid expansion of severe drought or worse across Kansas. Last week, less than 45 percent of the state was suffering from at least severe drought. Now, almost two-thirds of the state is dealing with severe, extreme or exceptional drought.

This is the third year of significant drought across Kansas. Last year, though, 95 percent of the state was in at least severe drought. Knapp says there are some indications the United States could be wetter than normal by late spring, although it appears the bulls-eye would be from Missouri to the Great Lakes.

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