Last week we showed you how the recent rains carved out an area that was downgraded to moderate drought that included metro Davidson county and several surrounding counties to the west and northeast.
Then last Thursday a steady rain fell from Nashville south and east, followed by heavy, even flooding rains along the i-40 corridor in north middle Tennessee on Saturday.
But the new map just released shows that only Wilson, Smith, DeKalb, Pickett and Van Buren counties, as well as parts of Jackson and Overton counties have been downgraded to the moderate drought classification.
Many of the surrounding counties remain under severe drought, mostly because Saturday's heavy rains didn't reach those areas and last Thursday's rains just weren't enough. And northwest middle Tennessee remains in extreme drought.
With better rain chances in the forecast, let's hope we can continue to see some improvement, though it is too late for most of the corn crop in Tennessee.
However, the situation remains much worse in the corn belt from the great plains to the Midwest where extreme to severe drought still persist.
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