Drought Update…….Today’s Totally Cloudless DaySeptember 26th, 2013 at 9:40 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
NOAA’s Drought Monitor, released today, shows improvement in the conditions over most of the area, but where the heavier rains did not fall last week, Moderate Drought remains in our west.
Lack of rainfall has caused the drought to reach “Severe” status in central Illinois & “Extreme” status in a part of Iowa.
Today was one of only 4 totally cloudless days this year. Not a single cloud was observed in the sky, nor passed overhead 12 a.m. to 10 p.m. tonight. It will remain clear through 12 a.m., making this a rare cloudless day.
Last year, in the great drought year of 2012, we had 20 cloudless days, the most recorded at West Lafayette in the 2009-now data set.