The new drought monitor has now been released and conditions haven’t improved.

Last month, we reported parts of western North Dakota were abnormally dry and some places were in a moderate drought.

The updated map shows more parts of the state have now moved into the moderate drought category and some counties are even facing a severe drought.

Chief Meteorologist Tom Schrader says it looks as if dry conditions will remain for awhile.

“Well I checked a few things for you. One, from the Climate Prediction Center, those are pretty high odds that we’re going to stay drier than normal through October 1st. I also checked the long-range computer model and I didn’t see anything more than a few sprinkles, maybe some tomorrow night even, but just not much rain. And then the Climate Prediction Center is also indicating a good part of North Dakota could have this drought persisting through the end of the year,” Schrader said.