Severe to extreme drought conditions persist across Iowa, while dry conditions have mitigated in Illinois, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor updated Tuesday.
Most of Iowa continues to suffer from extreme drought, including Clinton and Johnson counties in the Quad-City area.
The southeast section of the state, including Scott, Muscatine and Louisa counties, is a little better off under severe drought conditions.
Drought conditions in Illinois have improved considerably with a large section of the state, mostly in the east and central portions, rated as being extremely dry to suffering a moderate drought.
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In the Illinois Quad-City area, Rock Island, Mercer and Henry counties are still suffering severe drought conditions, while most of Whiteside and all of Carroll counties are suffering extreme drought.
Meteorologist Tom Philip of the National Weather Service, Davenport, said that rainfall by 4 p.m. Thursday at the Quad-City International Airport totaled 0.09 of an inch.
Since Sept. 1, the Quad-City metropolitan area has received officially 2.28 inches of rain. That is 1.18 inches below the normal of 3.46 inches for that period.