Drought reduced, not removed after week of heavy rainfall Featured

Rivers and creeks swelled rapidly early this week as a result of heavy rainfall. The KVOE studios picked up 10-plus inches from Oct. 3-9, while the Americus area reported 13-16 inches of rain during that time period. Rivers and creeks swelled rapidly early this week as a result of heavy rainfall. The KVOE studios picked up 10-plus inches from Oct. 3-9, while the Americus area reported 13-16 inches of rain during that time period. Jesse Dains photo

You would think that 10-16 inches of rainfall over a week's time would be enough to clear drought from the KVOE listening area. And you would be wrong.


The US Drought Monitor still has most of the listening area, essentially north of a line from Strong City to Emporia to BETO Junction, in abnormally dry conditions to moderate drought -- which is an improvement from the severe to extreme drought that has covered most of that territory for weeks.

Extreme drought is over, although there is a pocket of severe drought in western Wabaunsee County.

US Drought Monitor map

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