Drought intensifies in Midwest, Great Plains
CHICAGO (MarketWatch) -- Arid conditions that have gripped much of the nation this summer only intensified again in the Midwest and Great Plains states in the week ending July 31, the U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday. "We saw drought continue to intensify over Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas this week," said Brian Fuchs, author of the U.S. Drought Monitor, which is based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "Pretty much all of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska are now in severe drought, and it expanded through much of Oklahoma." He added, though, that good rains in parts of eastern Tennessee, West Virginia, west Texas and northern Colorado brought a bit of relief and there is "a slight reduction in the total area of the country in moderate drought." Fuchs said he expects "drought will continue over much of the country through October."