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Drought Conditions Have Not Improved

Despite a few thaws in January, soil moisture levels have not improved. Drought conditions in Marion County remain at a low level, in the least intense drought rating. More severe drought can be seen in Jasper and Polk counties. State Climatologist Harry Hillaker says that although soil doesn’t take in much moisture over the winter, drought conditions likely won’t worsen as demand for soil moisture is almost non-existent.