The month of March was short on moisture, and now drought is creeping across much of Kansas.
Assistant State Climatologist Mary Knapp says March is normally a wet month, so last month's dry conditions had a big impact.
“Because it's the start of our wetter pattern, things go down very, very quickly when we don't get what we should be seeing,” Knapp says. “If we are dry in April and May, then we are going to be increasingly in bad shape.”
Knapp says the coming months are normally the rainiest times of year for many parts of Kansas. Those months will be critical in determining whether the drought expands or is washed away by seasonal rains.