The National Weather Service reports the severe drought conditions are spreading this week as the hot, dry spring moves into the summer season. Soil moisture deficits are lending to stress on planted corn and soybean crops. The high winds and low humidity is also leading to fire danger. NWS Paducah lead meteorologist David Humphrey tells KZIM KSIM rainfall at Cape Regional Airport is some 11-inches below average since January 1st. Humphrey says the next 14 days call for normal temperatures and precipitation. He says it’s not an unusual drought pattern for this time of year but we need rain desperately before it becomes a major problem. The lack of rain is also impacting recreation lakes, rivers, and streams, with reported flows and levels far below average for June.
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