Extreme drought pushes towards Emporia

By Chuck Samples April 10, 2018 337

Severe drought continues for Lyon County. However, the US Drought Monitor says extreme drought is starting to creep closer.

Most of the KVOE listening area remains in severe drought as has been the case the last three weeks, but extreme drought made a major push from south-central Kansas last week. It now covers far western Chase County and southwest Morris County.

National Weather Service meteorologist Kyle Poage says the mid-range forecast does not look promising for breaking the overall weather pattern.

KVOE listeners picked up close to three inches of rainfall between March 19-26 as well as several episodes of much lighter precipitation since then. However, Emporia is still far behind on total precipitation since October. State climatologist Mary Knapp has said Emporia is better than five inches below normal since Oct. 1 and it's still well over an inch below normal since Jan. 1.

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