Drought Continues to Expand

July 26, 2012 0 Comments

Bottom line: it’s still very dry out there. For our viewing area, Goodhue, Wabasha, Dodge, and Olmsted counties are in the best shape and drought conditions have improved – not worsened – according to the latest US Drought Monitor report. An active pattern over the last week and a half has helped some of us out tremendously. However, moderate to now severe drought conditions have expanded throughout southern Minnesota and northwestern Minnesota, and for those in our viewing area it’s primarily south of I-90.

If you look at the regional drought image below, you can see that areas of “extreme” drought has doubled in the past 7 days across the Midwest. It’s not only the lack of rain leading to this expansion, but the intense heat over the course of this month which is leading to rapid expansion of drought.

Minnesota Drought Conditions

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Regional Drought Conditions

How much rain do we need to get out of this drought?

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