Tables Turned in July, Drought Creeping Back - KMSP-TV

Tables Turned in July, Drought Creeping Back

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After what seemed like a never ending winter and even spring season, the last many of us want to see is more clouds and precipitation. But for many in Minnesota and Wisconsin, that has pretty much been the case. With the exception of parts of the I-35 corridor including most of the Metro, July was exceedingly dry with just 10 to 35 percent of average in much of the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes with some areas not even receiving an inch of rain in a normally "tropical" like month where 3 to 5 inches of rainfall is commonplace. In fact, it was the second driest July on record for the city of Eau Claire. A similar story could have been found in the Metro as well but we had our one large rain event early in the month that dropped more than 2.5" of rain on the airport and over 8 inches in parts of the southwest metro. This lack of rain in many cases is allowing abnormally dry conditions to slowly edge their way back into the picture and now coat parts of western Minnesota. The maturity of crops this time of year makes this a critical time period for farmers as rain is needed now more than ever to sustain healthy growth and production, especially when a heat wave can hit at any time all the way through the first half of September. Below are a couple of images showing the current drought conditions across the state and Upper Midwest, as well as the top 10 driest July's on record for Eau Claire.

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