Lake, McHenry counties in 'severe drought'

July 12, 2012 (CHICAGO)

This includes all of southern Wisconsin and portions of northern Indiana.

The area needs roughly 6-12 inches of rainfall to alleviate the drought-- and it can't all fall at one time due to runoff.

The drought began in mid-May but has gotten much worse in the past month. The balance of the ABC 7 viewing area is in moderate drought but almost certainly teetering on severe drought status.

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