Champaign, Ill. (AP) -- A climate
expert says the spring snowstorm that blanketed much of Illinois brought an unusually heavy, wet
snow, and that could help the state to continue to recover from drought.
Brian Fuchs (FUKES) is a climatologist at
the National Drought Mitigation
Center. He says 15 inches
of typical Midwest snow has the same water
content as an inch of rain. This storm packed an inch of water into just 7 or 8
inches of snow.
The U.S. Drought Monitor says all of Illinois is now out of
last year's drought. But heading into spring the state continues to sit
uncomfortably close to drought conditions.
Fuchs says this storm should help but
just how much depends on how much of that snow melts on top of still-frozen
ground and runs off.