Our dry weather pattern continues as bright sunshine continues to dominate our sky rather than rain clouds this week. This morning’s light rain did very little to improve our drought situation as rainfall totals were minuscule in the few locations that experienced the showers. The latest Drought Monitor places the majority of our area in Moderate Drought with the rest in an Abnormally Dry category, so we’re all pretty much scanning the horizon and radar intently hoping and waiting for more rain. The good news is there will be a few more chances in the coming days as the pattern gets just a little more “active” for us, or in other words, unsettled weather will be occurring more frequently for much of the next week. There will be a chance of isolated thunderstorms late Friday night through early Saturday and then better chances of perhaps more widespread showers and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday as a strong cold front works its way into the Upper Mississippi Valley. With any luck, an inch of rain may be collected in the next week to drop our two month deficit from nearly six inches to possibly five inches. Unfortunately, there doesn’t look to be a chance of a “drought busting” storm on the horizon, but at least something significant would be a good start.