As the new year begins, local horticulturists may want to keep an eye on a phenomenon that appeared to be behind the us just a few months ago: drought conditions.
After an exceptionally snowy late winter and rainy spring and early summer, northeast Johnson County emerged in June from the drought advisory that had fallen over the area for more than a year. But an abnormally dry fall and early winter have the area tilting back toward drought, with northeast Johnson County now classified as “abnormally dry.”
Despite the fact that as of Jan. 1, 2013, 100 percent of the state was under some sort of drought advisory, just three months ago, approximately half of the state had emerged and was categorized as normal. As of the US Drought Monitor’s latest report, though, fully 95 percent of the state is back under an abnormally dry or drought advisory.