Moderate drought expanded in Minnesota, Wisconsin and the Dakotas. Although all of Kansas is still in severe drought or worse, the area in exceptional drought decreased to 51.04 percent from 60.61 percent. Oklahoma saw slight intensification, with the area in extreme drought increasing to 95.33 percent from 94.68 percent, and the area in exceptional drought increasing to 42.09 percent from 39.66 percent.
Indiana saw a dramatic improvement in overall conditions, with 42% of the state under some drought impact -- down from last week's 74%.
Fifteen percent of Illinois is now free of drought conditions, nearly double the amount from last week. Another 15% of the state is still rated in severe drought, along an area from just north of Quincy extending to northwest Illinois.