For all those farmers hoping for more heating degree days to get corn, cotton and soybean crops ready for harvest, your wish has been granted.
Most of Kansas is forecast to bake in temperatures in the upper 90s and heat indices in triple digits all of this week. All this with sunny skies and breezy conditions is guaranteed to make the "too wet" conditions of the last month vanish in a flash.
Drought to continue for western third of state
Unfortunately, the same dry, hot weather will likely worsen the ongoing drought in the western third of the state, even as drought as disappeared in the eastern two-thirds of the map.
After almost daily rain and unseasonably cool temperatures in the last two weeks of July and the first half of August, the last half of August has seen no rain at all, with sunny days in store for at least the next seven days.
The monthly drought outlook for Kansas through Aug. 31 shows continued improvement in the persistent drought, while the longrange forecast shows no relief in store for the far western regions of the state, even as the outlook improves for the rest of Kansas in the period from Aug. 15 to Nov. 30.
Western Nebraska, southern Texas, New Mexico and the entire mountain west are forecast to see persistent, or even intensifying drought in the coming months.
The eastern half the U.S., meanwhile is forecast to either remain out of drought or see conditions improve, including the portions of Iowa and Minnesota and Missouri where conditions have moved into abnormally dry to moderate drought over the past several weeks.
The U.S. Climate Prediction Center will issue an updated drought forecast on Sept. 19.