There is a difference between being dry and a drought. And only a small piece of Illinois is fighting a drought.
But there are a lot of places in Illinois that are dry. National Weather Service Meteorologist David Sheets said the latest drought report for the state shows that people from the Quad Cities to Quincy, in far southern Illinois, and in pockets along the Indiana border are facing abnormally dry conditions.
"While it will effect agriculture, and probably pasture land and such, when you get into abnormally dry conditions, homeowners will see that with lawns turning brown," Sheets said.
Sheets said people in a half dozen western Illinois counties, however, are battling moderate drought conditions. Sheets said Illinois is lucky compared to its neighbors.
"Northern Missouri and into southeast Iowa are going into a stretch of a year or two of abnormally dry conditions," Sheets said. "And that's why they're seeing an extreme drought or severe drought into those areas."
Sheets said Warren, Henderson, and Hancock counties in Illinois are seeing the worst of the drought here.
He said those areas need four to six inches of rain, over about a week, to get back to normal.