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60+ percent of the nation is experiencing drought

Large portions of Kansas in "Exceptional Drought" designation

A look at the U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that nearly all of Kansas and portions of northern Oklahoma are already in the D-4 Exceptional Drought designation – the most severe category..

Kansas counties closer to the Missouri are in are in the Extreme Drought (D-3) state and parts of Missouri just north of Joplin have been rated as being in a moderate drought or abnormally dry for this time of year.

At the current time, just over 60 percent of the nation is experiencing some degree of drought.

What’s this mean? With rain, the problem will resolve.

If the drought continues throughout the summer, corn and other crops could fail and prices could rise. That hits you directly in the checkbook.

People in cities could face restrictions on water use for watering gardens, lawns and filling backyard pools.

There is very little unanimity of opinion on the long term causes of drought but one thing is for sure: Dry spells have an impact on all kinds of people.

Stay weather aware and always be on guard against severe weather.

But the next time you hear thunder also remember:

Those good spring rains are something we vitally need.

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