Drought ‘likely to get worse before it gets better,’ National Weather Service says

But for some people, the hot and dry conditions may not feel so bad.
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 9:47 PM CDT
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DANE COUNTY, Wis. (WMTV) - Until rain falls down, parts of Wisconsin plan to cool down in other ways.

According to Ben Miller, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, a drought has deepened within the last three months in the southern portion of the state.

“It’s likely to get worse before it gets better,” Miller said. “And when it gets better? That’s anyone’s guess at this point.”

Miller said the weather has been “exceptionally dry,” as Madison has seen half of the rainfall that’s normal for this time of year.

“We could easily finish the month with something that rarely happens around here,” he said. “It’s hard to go that long with that little amount of rainfall in this part of the country.”

Miller said his agency has yet to pinpoint just how much this drought is impacting individuals and industries.

But what’s making conditions even drier is the high temperatures. Miller said Madison has been about ten degrees hotter than normal.

City residents have tried to beat the heat by visiting splash pads, like the one at Elver Park.

“I almost feel like going to jump in myself,” Emmanuel Urey, visiting the park with his kids, said. “But I didn’t come prepared for that, so I’ll just sit and watch for now.”

In neighboring Sun Prairie, the city’s Family Aquatic Center is waiting for a June 21 open. In pre-pandemic seasons, Kristin Grissom, the parks, recreation and forestry director, said the pool has brought roughly 20 thousand to 30 thousand people.

“I’m not really sure what to expect. With COVID we were closed last year, and so with opening this year I would hope that people missed the pool and will come back and see us this summer,” she said.

Grissom told NBC15 the reopening was delayed for two days due to a leakage that, though resolved, pushed back training for staff.

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