Drought Making a Comeback across the State - KMSP-TV

Drought Making a Comeback across the State

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Here we go again. Thanks to the very dry conditions over the last month or two, after a very wet winter and spring, we are drifting back into those drought conditions. Now nearly 81 percent of the state is abnormally dry. It's pretty easy to understand why. With cool northeasterly flow the last 4 to 6 weeks, very few storms have actually been able to make it through the region. Well now we are flipping to an almost worse pattern for overall moisture content because with southwesterly flow kicking in, the heat will return which will just dry us out even faster. Therefore, storms are needed across much of the area, but very few chances are in the forecast.

Here is what I am talking about. The following two pictures show the departure from average rainfall amounts across the region. The first one shows the last 30 days and the second image shows the last 60 days.

In many cases, we are 4 to 8 inches below average in the rainfall category in just the last 60 days. For the most part, the crops don't appear to be taking a big hit…. Yet…. Mostly because the rain we have had has been pretty well timed, but if many of us don't get rain soon, those crops will go downhill very quickly. Not to mention, any ground we have gained through the first half of the year in the overall soil moisture category will be lost as well. I know it may interfere with the Fair, but keep your fingers crossed for at least a little rain.

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