Moderate drought expands across southeast Wisconsin

It's been another week without widespread rainfall across southeast Wisconsin. While some folks have gotten lucky with a few isolated downpours over the last week, most of us haven't had any rain. The latest update to the drought monitor shows no change in the severe drought in southeast Wisconsin, but the moderate drought has expanded across Dodge and Fond du Lac counties and all of southern Wisconsin.

34% of the state is now experiencing a moderate drought, up from 25% of the state last week. Southern Wisconsin has only picked up half of its normal amount of precipitation so far this year, with most spots running 4.50-7.50" below normal. However, nobody needs rain more than Kenosha and Racine, which are both running 8.50" below normal since the start of the year.

While we have a few chances for rain over the next few days, it won't be anything widespread or soaking. 

Most of the area will be dry today, but we can't rule out an isolated shower popping along the lake breeze well inland this afternoon. A slightly better chance for showers and storms arrives Friday night into Saturday morning with the a cold front. While some folks will get lucky with a locally heavy downpour, most of the area will likely pick up at quarter inch of rain or less. 

Less humid air will funnel into southeast Wisconsin behind the cold front for the second half of the weekend, but until then the hot and humid weather will continue.

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