Wisconsin has fallen back into a drought after our recent dry spell. The National Weather Service is calling it a flash drought.
After a wet start to June and an abnormally dry end of Summer with higher than average temperatures, the entire News 8 viewing area is experiencing moderate drought conditions.
And the forecasts don't show much for improvement. "There's some signals that the drought could continue through September, especially around the La Crosse area," said National Weather Service Meteorologist Zack Taylor.
The weather conditions also make for a tough year on farmer's and their crops. The wet start to the growing season delayed planting and a dry end will have a variety of impacts.
"We could see some reduced yields depending on if we get any moisture or where the crop stage is based on when it gets moisture, and also as we look at alfalfa hay, I think we're seeing smaller crops here as we get into the third and fourth cuttings, just because we haven't seen as much moisture for the growth of that crop," said UW-Extension Ag Agent Steve Huntzicker.
For the past two months, rainfall in the area has been anywhere from four to six inches below average.