The drought strengthens its grip on the Wichita area

Storm chaser Brandon Ivey has turned his camera in a new direction this summer, chronicling the drought that is gripping the Great Plains.

Here is some video he shot in the Wichita area just a few days ago.

Wichita has recorded just .11 of an inch of rain in July, making this July one of the driest on record in the city. A brief, intense rainfall that struck downtown last Thursday all but missed the official recording site next to Mid-Continent Airport in west Wichita.