“Right now, bizarre as it may sound, we’re headed back into drought.”

That’s what one Illinois meteorologist told the Kane County Chronicle as drought returns areas previously left unscathed.

In the latest Drought Monitor report, drought is no longer confirmed to the dry Southwest or the scorched West. Now, abnormally dry conditions – the lowest level of drought reported by the Drought Monitor – have returned as far east as Indiana.

Minnesota, in particular, has seen drought take over. Last week, 68 percent of the state was free from any drought. Just a week later, the Drought Monitor report shows just 19 percent of Minnesota without drought.

However, federal meteorologists don’t expect the drought to linger in these key corn- and soybean-growing areas. With the exception of Nebraska and Kansas, the drought in most of the High Plains and Midwest are expected to be short-term.