Drought conditions improving in the Valley, worsening statewide

If the drought continues, there could be some damage to crops and pastures

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The latest drought report came out Thursday morning, and most of the Valley remains under moderate drought conditions. Northeastern Trumbull County and southeastern Columbiana County, however, are no longer under a drought, classified only as under dry conditions.

In the last week, afternoon thunderstorms have helped out the area in dumping over two inches of rain in some towns in a single day. This is good news during drought conditions, but thunderstorms only produce localized downpours and don’t help the region as a whole.

While the Valley is improving, Ohio has gotten worse in the last week. Abnormally dry conditions now cover over 75 percent of the state, up from 70 percent a week ago. The coverage area of the moderate drought has increased from 26 percent to 33 percent.

Ohio hasn’t seen this type of moderate drought since October 2012. The National Drought Mitigation Center says if the drought continues, there could be some damage to crops and pastures. Also under these conditions, streams, reservoirs or wells could become low and some water shortages may develop.

With the showers and storms in the forecast for the next couple of days, conditions may continue to improve.

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