Heart of Illinois remains in severe drought stage
The US drought monitor showed little week to week variation for Illinois, with the entire central portion of the state experiencing some form of drought.
Abnormally dry conditions persist in central Illinois moving up into northeastern areas. A section of moderate drought in central and eastern locales has spread into McClean county, while an oval section of severe drought in the heart of the state spread into Menard county now reaching a total of six counties.
The National Weather Service in Lincoln, Illinois reports water levels at Lake Decatur are the lowest since the drought of 2012, but widespread rains with expected totals of 1 to 1.5 inches are forecast for the coming days.