Archive for July, 2012

Drought Expands in Illinois

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Grundy county and surrounding areas are now classified in the severe drought (D2) category. As most are painfully aware, any rain of recent weeks has been hit or miss. In addition to the impacts to agriculture and other vegetation, river levels are at extremely low levels. For the current drought monitor click here.

Drought Monitor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out this flow duration hydrograph for the Kankakee River near Wilmington, IL courtesy US Geological Survey (USGS) Waterwatch. Late summer into fall is when rivers typically experience their lowest levels but compare the present to last year at this time.

Kankakee River near Wilmington, IL