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Lack of Rain Causes Drought to Return

A very wet start to the spring pushed Marion County out of drought conditions, but the lack of moisture since July has started has brought those concerns back to the area. Marion County is now in a moderate drought, according to the most recent USDA Drought Monitor. So far this month, we’ve received just 1.33 inches of rain, well below the three inches we usually receive at this time. Since July 1st, we’ve received just 2.45 inches of rain; the normal amount is 8.15 inches.