The drought is over in the Twin Cities, but dry conditions are still a factor in northern Minnesota. Nearly all of the state had been in drought in early May. The U.S. Drought Monitor shows only about 12 percent of the state in a moderate drought Thursday, down from 25 percent last week.
The entire state of Minnesota is under a red flag warning Wednesday. The fire danger is extreme because of warm, windy and dry weather. Gov. Mark Dayton is authorizing the Minnesota National Guard to help fight wildfires.
Minnesota farmers were able to get a lot of field work done last week, thanks to the lack of rain. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, there were 6.2 days suitable for field work in Minnesota for the week ending Sunday. That marks the most days suitable for any week so far this season.
The drought gripping the United States is the widest since 1956, according to new data released Monday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
The lawns have turned brown and crunchy across much of the area, due to unusual and persistently dry conditions through the current late-summer and early-autumn period.