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Additionally, exceptional drought has developed across southwestern
Overnight rains have done little to help the soil moisture in most of the state, as some parts of the state are more than a foot behind normal rainfall totals for the year.
The National Weather Service reports
that July 2012 was the hottest month in
Wednesday's rainfall provided enough water to keep levels even with the reading from Wednesday, but not enough to make a substantial change in storage levels.
CU estimates that if conditions continue as they are today, water storage levels will be at 60 percent in early September. For the first time ever, CU would be forced to implement an Emergency Water Conservation Plan.
"It has been a long, hot couple of months," said Gov. Nixon Thursday morning. "There is no doubt that Mother Nature has hit our agriculture industry hard this year. We're standing with our farmers, helping them where we can."
Wednesday, the state announced it had approved 3,712 applications by farmers for assistance through a cost-share program -- totaling $18.7 million.
and water districts are picking up 90 percent of the cost of digging new wells,
or digging existing wells deeper. They're also helping out with new pumps or
fixing existing ones.
This summer may rank among some of the driest. Even normal rainfall (3.5-4.5 in.) per month would likely not be sufficient to alleviate the drought conditions.