Dry conditions continue to plague much of Minnesota, with seasonal rainfall far below normal. The problem is most severe in the northwestern part of the state, where farm fields are crying for much-needed moisture.
Most of Minnesota is now officially in drought. Thursday’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 88 percent of Minnesota is in a moderate drought. That’s a huge jump from just 5 percent last week.
Almost the entire state of Minnesota is abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. More than 98 percent of the state is on the verge of a moderate drought, which is a 20 percent increase from last week. Less than 25 percent of the state was in that range back in October.
The highway was dry between St. Peter and Mankato when a car crossed the center median and hit an oncoming truck, killing three and injuring three others, authorities said.
A growing season that began unusually wet and cold in the Midwest is finishing hot and dry, renewing worries of drought and its impact on crops.
Cornfields and pastures are drying out in parts of central and eastern Minnesota, and some cattle producers are starting to thin out their herds to cut costs.
Minnesota is known as the “Land of Ten Thousand Lakes.” But the DNR says the state’s water supply is becoming a concern.
High temperatures punched back above average today and there were reports of 1-3 inches of snow from Ely to Duluth. It will be fairly quiet the next few days with afternoon highs near average (34 degrees).
The lack of rain in Minnesota has left most of the state under extreme drought conditions, according to the Department of Natural Resources.
Wednesday’s rain did little if anything to help drought conditions across the state. In fact, the dry conditions are expanding.
Much of the state is under the threat of extreme fire danger Tuesday. In fact late this afternoon, a fire broke out just southeast of Hastings in a cornfield.
Monday was our first dry day in May. It has rained in the Twin Cities 21 of the past 25 days.
Meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen say the weekend storms have probably eliminated the drought in many areas of the state due to an unusually dry winter, which threatened lake levels and crop irrigation.
The city of St. Paul is asking residents and businesses to water trees both on public and private property after the city says they are showing signs of “stress.”
The DNR has imposed burning restrictions in northern Minnesota.
The snow is finished, and I think we will stay dry for quite some time.
Visitors to this year’s Crow Wing County Fair will have to go elsewhere to get a beer.