Drought relief may be nowhere in sight


CHAMPAIGN -- The dry weather has us hoping for any rain we can get, but is it too late? Experts say it could be.

Dried, dead grass is a common sight around the state, and State Climatologist Jim Angel says Central Illinois is the driest it's been since 1988.

But according to Angel, we've been in this drought since January.

"We've been in below normal precipitation and above normal temperatures since the first of year," Angel said. "We really didn't notice it for the first couple months, then we watched things slowly dry out."

Angel says it would take at least six inches of rain to get Central Illinois soil back to a normal level.

Illinois is already two inches behind normal rainfall in July alone. Angel anticipates August to be another hot, dry month and says real relief may not come until fall.

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