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DROUGHT UPDATE: Minnesota is soaking it up!

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Meteorologically speaking, spring is considered to be the months of March, April and May. It seems to have been a long spring, or at least a stretched out winter. Minnesota did not see much of the sun, only 15 days out of the 92 day possibility.

It may have been dreary and depressing, but the constant gray clouds did have a silver lining. Three months ago nearly twenty percent of Minnesota was in an extreme drought, and as of the first of June, that number is down to zero. In fact, look at the latest drought monitor map below, southeast Minnesota is not even "Abnormally Dry". In fact, at the start of this year, 100 % of the state was at least that, compared to just about a third of the state today.

Now, you may be asking yourself, "Why, with all this rain, are we still dry in parts of the Sate"? That answer comes down to the simple fact that the ground can only drink up so much water at a time. The idea situation would be to get a nonstop light rain, or even drizzle, for about 3 months. That would be a lot drearier than what we saw. Speaking of the amount of moisture we received during our spring fling, below is a graphic illustrating just how much moisture we did receive. Yes, I have to say moisture, because perceptible water is too technical and we did have to share the months with a bit of snow. It was that snow, and the cool temps that lead to its slow demise, that help the ground hold on to a bit more moisture.

As we get into meteorological summer, the months of June, July and August, we continue to struggle with the clouds and cool temperatures. Here is a chart of just how much of 80- degrees we have seen so far, and it's not much.

Don't despair; we can look forward to the longest day of the year. Also, our average high will go from 74° to start June and 83° to end the month.


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