Well, I guess no news is good news. While the latest monthly and seasonal outlook from NOAA (first figure) yesterday called for hotter conditions in the West and wetter conditions in the Southeast, we are stuck in the middle with EC – equal chances of above, below, and near-normal temperature and precipitation.
U.S. Drought Monitor
The July 16, 2013, US Drought Monitor map for the Midwest – drought free in Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky. There are a few spots of “abnormally dry” in Missouri, Iowa, and Minnesota.