Overnight Storms Not Enough To Break Drought

The storms that rocked the Chicago area overnight weren’t enough to end the drought, but they were a good start.

CBS Chicago–07/19/2012

A darker gray marking shows where the water level should be on the Fox River. (CBS)

Heat, Drought Create Havoc On Area Rivers

Extreme heat and low water levels in area rivers are creating a dangerous combination.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2012

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Indiana State Police Crack Down On Drivers Who Flick Cigarettes Out Window

The drought has Indiana State Police looking more closely at what’s coming out of cars.

CBS Chicago–07/18/2012

The leaves of many trees in Illinois have been left wilting, curling, and turning brown due to the severe drought conditions in most of the state. (Credit: CBS)

Protecting The Trees At Your House From The Drought

With most of Illinois having been classified as being in severe drought, it’s not only farmers who are suffering. Plenty of homeowners have seen their prized plants shriveling, and their trees shedding leaves.

CBS Chicago–07/17/2012

Grass is turning brown all over the Chicago area because of this summer's drought. (CBS)

Should You Water Your Lawn In Drought Conditions?

Should you even bother to try to keep your grass green during an extended drought? CBS 2’s Pamela Jones reports.


New Zealand grown Apples are seen at the Fresh Produce Growers store at Sydney Produce Market on August 24, 2011 in Sydney, Australia.(Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Drought Will Raise Prices On Fruit, Squeezing Consumers

With the drought in Michigan and across the Midwest, this year’s harvest took a hit in quantity and quality. CBS 2’s Dorothy Tucker reports.



Drought Clobbering Farms In Lake County

Hot weather combined with little rain is not only scorching your lawn, it is also making it tough for farmers in northern Illinois.

WBBM Newsradio–07/16/2012


State Officials Say It’s Time To Pray For Rain

All of Illinois is now officially in a drought, and state officials are looking to the heavens for some intervention.

CBS Chicago–07/13/2012

Storm Clouds At Morton Arboretum

Morton Arboretum Tree Specialist Says Drought Is Worst He’s Seen In 34 Years

A tree specialist at the Morton Arboretum says this is the worst drought he’s seen for Chicago area trees in 34 years.

WBBM Newsradio–07/13/2012


Drought Leaving Lawns Dry, Farmers Devastated

Storms packing enough power to leave anyone drenched to the bone passed through Chicago on Thursday, but the area is still severely short on rain.

CBS Chicago–07/06/2012


Farmer: Drought Can Mean Sweeter, Tastier Peaches

Believe it or not, the drought has one benefit for Illinois farmers – this year’s crop of peaches may taste sweeter than last year’s.

CBS Chicago–07/05/2012


Summer Drought Hurting Farmers In Indiana

This summer’s drought is really hurting some farmers in Indiana.

CBS Chicago–07/03/2012

Farmers in Will County are worried that continued hot weather and no rain will greatly reduce crop yield. (CBS)

Farmers: Drought Disaster Looms For Crops

Farmers have their eyes on the end of the week, when temperatures could hit triple digits. CBS 2’s Jim Williams reports.



Illinois Dry Spell Could Kill Harvest For Farmers

Sometimes we forget, but not far from the Chicago skyscrapers are sprawling farm fields, where there is growing concern about the dry weather and the real threat it poses to what could have been a bumper harvest.

WBBM Newsradio–06/20/2012

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Hot, Dry Weather Putting Stress On Local Plants

Chicago’s hot, dry weather already has some trees and shrubs showing fall colors at the Morton Arboretum.



80s Inland And Cool By The Lake, And Still No Rain

Skies are sunny and clear, and temperatures are comfortably cool along the lake, but the Chicago area remains in a state of drought with no immediate rain in sight.

CBS Chicago–06/14/2012

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Only 0.01 Inches Of Rain So Far This June

If you’re seeing brown grass and dusty soil, it’s not your imagination – it’s bone dry out there.

CBS Chicago–06/13/2012