Exceptional, extreme drought areas expand despite recent rainfall Featured

The story of north Lyon County's ongoing drought was captured in this photo during Wednesday's storm activity near Allen, which has had less than seven inches of rain since November and has seen several heavy rain episodes miss the area this year. The story of north Lyon County's ongoing drought was captured in this photo during Wednesday's storm activity near Allen, which has had less than seven inches of rain since November and has seen several heavy rain episodes miss the area this year. Brian Keith photo

More of the KVOE listening area is now in extreme and exceptional drought.


The latest US Drought Monitor report has areas north of US Highway 50 in Lyon and Chase counties under either category, with the worst from just north of Emporia northwest towards Council Grove, northeast towards Maple Hill and then south along Kansas Highway 99.

The rest of the KVOE listening area is in either moderate to severe drought.

Drought conditions worsened across the area even with spotty heavy rainfall Monday night and again Wednesday evening. Some area residents, including folks in Emporia, picked up two inches of rain as part of either episode. Others received less than half an inch total.

6 am Thursday: Isolated heavy rain misses most area residents; more rain possible Thursday

Isolated portions of the KVOE listening area picked up some healthy rain totals Wednesday.


Residents near the Lyon-Morris-Wabaunsee county line junction picked up over two inches of rain, according to radar estimates from the National Weather Service. There were isolated estimates as well of 0.50 to 0.75 inches of rain from storm activity along and north of US Highway 56. Most of the area, however, was dry.

Shower and storm chances are isolated through the weekend, with more widespread rainfall possible early next week. If you have rain totals, call KVOE at 342-1400 or message the Bluestem Farm and Ranch text line at 620-342-5863.

 

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