Russell County is still in severe drought according to the latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Russell County and most of the surrounding area is still listed in the D2 Severe Drought category.
According to the local mesonet site, Russell County has received less than two inches of precipitation this month, which comes after an October and November which saw just an inch-and-a-half of rain locally each month.
The severe drought area covers most of the Lake Cumberland area but stretches northwest into Hart County and Grayson County, while some eastern Kentucky counties such as Johnson and Lawrence County also fall into the severe drought.
Most of the central Kentucky area falls into the D1 moderate drought category.