Drought Conditions Worsen Outside of SE Minnesota
UNDATED (KROC-AM News) - The drought conditions reported in southeastern Minnesota were fairly stable over the past week, but they worsened significantly in most other parts of the state.
The new US Drought Monitor Report from the National Weather Service shows more than 98-percent of Minnesota is experiencing at least moderate drought conditions and severe drought conditions have spread to nearly 72 percent. That's up about 20 percentage points from last week, while the areas of Minnesota rated as being in an extreme drought grew from about 4 percent to nearly 19 percent of the entire state. The harshest conditions can be found in central and northern Minnesota.
In this corner of the state, a majority of the region is rated as being in a moderate drought, with a small area of severe drought conditions found along the Iowa border in Mower and Freeborn Counties. A small section of northeast Olmsted County, most of Wabasha County, almost all of Winona County along with portions of northern Houston and Fillmore Counties are rated as abnormally dry.