The latest drought monitor from the National Drought Mitigation Center was released Thursday morning and show no major changes over Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Abnormally dry conditions continue over west-central Illinois and near Chicago (which is surprising considering all the recent rainfall). The biggest difference is for Boone and McHenry counties, which have now been added into the abnormally dry category.
Moderate drought conditions exist for parts of southeast Iowa - although they did receive some decent rainfall earlier in the week.
We finished the month of June just a little over an inch below our monthly precipitation total of 4.65". If we combine both June and so far July, we're nearly three inches below our precipitation for the summer.
Unfortunately the extended outlook for precipitation doesn't look the greatest. Outlooks for both the 6-10 day and 8-14 day time frame suggest conditions will be drier than normal.