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Drought’s Over In Twin Cities, But Third Of MN Still ‘Abnormally Dry’

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.


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Most Of Minnesota Is Now Officially In Drought

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.


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Minnesota May Be On Verge Of Drought

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.


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Last Remaining Drought Extinguished In Minnesota

This week’s heavy rains have extinguished the last remaining patch of drought in Minnesota. Thursday’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the state completely free of drought and abnormally dry conditions.


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Despite Rain, Drought Hangs On In SW Minnesota

The heavy rain and even snow that has covered much of Minnesota for the past several days hasn’t quite made the drought go away. The updated U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that the area of Minnesota in drought has shrunk from nearly 19 percent last week to under 8 percent this week.


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Severe Drought Expands In Minnesota, Wisconsin

This week’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that an area of severe drought in central Minnesota has expanded eastward into Wisconsin.


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Drought Deepens In Central Minnesota

The late-summer drought is deepening in central Minnesota, according to data released Thursday. The new U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that several counties in central Minnesota are now in a severe drought.


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Drought Making Comeback In Minnesota

As drought conditions return to Minnesota, authorities warned Thursday that the wildfire danger is rising throughout much of the state. A new area of moderate drought is centered on Carlton and northern Pine counties in eastern Minnesota.


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Monitor Shows Minnesota No Longer In Severe Drought

For the first time in almost a year, Minnesota is no longer in a severe drought. That’s according to newly-released data from the U.S. Drought Monitor.


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Dry Conditions Ease In South-Central, Eastern MN

This week’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows more improvement in parts of south-central and eastern Minnesota, where areas that had been abnormally dry are now rated normal.


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Drought Continues To Relax Its Grip On Minnesota

Updated information shows that the drought continues to relax its grip on Minnesota.


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Drought Figures Rising In Minnesota

The drought has intensified over the past week across broad swaths of Minnesota. Thursday’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that a large portion of Minnesota that had been in a moderate drought is now in a severe drought.


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As Nation’s Drought Deepens, Minnesota Gets Drier

As the nation’s drought deepens, Minnesota is getting drier too. New data from the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday shows more than half of Minnesota is now rated at least abnormally dry.