The Dry Conditions Continue but there is Hope in the Forecast - KMSP-TV

The Dry Conditions Continue but there is Hope in the Forecast

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The drought across much of the Upper Midwest continues to slowly strengthen day by day. Some areas are now into the extreme drought category with parts of central Minnesota and areas along the Mississippi in the worst shape. Our lack of rain over the last month has a lot to do with it. The image to the right shows the rainfall deficits for just the month of August. Much of central Minnesota including the metro was more than 4 inches below average for the month. This lead to a very dry month for the entire state with the climate recap now showing that it was the 7th driest August on record.

Even with the very dry July and August, the state is still well above average for rainfall over the year as a whole, considered above normal by the climate statistics.

Unfortunately, now that we are heading into fall, we are starting to transition to a typically drier time period. But some hope may be on the horizon. The current forecast from the Climate Prediction Center shows that our precipitation chances may increase heading to the latter half of September. Both of the 6-10 day forecast and the 8-14 day forecast shows above average chances for precipitation. Check it out below…

Also, for those of you not quite ready for cooler weather… both the 6-10 and 8-14 day forecasts show really good chances for warmer than average weather…

Average highs heading to the latter half of September are the couple degrees either side of 70. So wetter and warmer may just be what's headed our way over the next couple of weeks.

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