Drought intensifies across large swaths of Minn. - KMSP-TV

Drought intensifies across large swaths of Minn.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -

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.

Last week, 18 percent of the state was in a severe drought as of last week. That figure jumped 40 percentage points to 58% this week alone.

Areas that became drier include most of the northern half of Minnesota and parts of southeastern and south-central Minnesota.

A full quarter of the state remains in an extreme drought, a figure that's held steady for the past month. That area includes a large portion of southwestern and south-central Minnesota and a pocket of the northwest.

Most of Minnesota has been in some degree of drought since mid-September.


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