After one of the wettest Aprils on record and after a cloudy and cool first half of May, our dry spell here in the Upper Midwest has come to and end, and so has the drought. Since we last checked in at the end of April, the state of Minnesota has soaked up some more moisture, leaving less areas of parched earth. In Wisconsin, you have gone from a little dry in some spots to in the clear statewide.
MINNESOTA DROUGHT MAP 4/29/14
MINNESOTA DROUGHT MAP 5/15/14
DROUGHT MAP WI MAY 15 AND APR 29
The snow melt and steady rains have added moisture to our state. Check out the latest map indicating soil moisture levels across the Upper Midwest. All of Minnesota and Wisconsin has added and not subtracted in this category.
This is all good news as farmers are ready to hit the fields as the growing season approaches. This time last year 85% of Minnesota was abnormally dry or in a drought as opposed to less then 10 percent right now.
Not to be too corny, but it looks like we will be knee high by the fourth of July.
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