Much of Kansas, including Sedgwick County, affected by extreme or exceptional drought

A close look at a Kansas farm field impacted by extended drought
A close look at a Kansas farm field impacted by extended drought(KWCH)
Published: Oct. 6, 2022 at 11:53 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) released Thursday shows much of Kansas affected by extreme or exceptional drought conditions.

Just a small portion of Kansas, toward the north-central part of the state is not affected by at least abnormally dry weather. That portion accounts for 1.5 percent of the state - the rest is experiencing some level of dry conditions; 69.7 percent are experiencing at least severe drought, and 53.7 percent extreme drought. In all, 2,579,515 people in Kansas are affected, according to the monitor.

A small portion of eastern Sedgwick County and about half of Butler County are within the “exceptional drought” conditions, which covers 28.5 percent of Kansas. In exceptional drought, all crops are severely impacted or not harvested, the ground is cracking, wildfires and large dust storms occur and all aquatic species and food chains are affected.

Some counties south and west of Sedgwick County are completely covered by exceptional drought. Those counties are Cowley, Chautauqua, Elk, Montgomery and Labette. Additionally, the western Kansas counties of Finney, Gray and Haskell are fully within “exceptional drought” range.