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Minnesota Sees Significant Reductions In Extreme, Severe Drought Conditions

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- The rain that's fallen across parts of the state over the last few weeks is finally showing a positive impact on the state's drought forecast. The latest figures show that just 65% of the state is still listed under severe drought conditions, a 23% reduction in just the last week.

The latest update Thursday from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that about 58% of the state is under extreme drought, which is also a drop from recent weeks.

Drought Map - Sept. 2 2021
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However, the area of the state experiencing exceptional drought, a swath of northwestern Minnesota, only dropped by 1%, and is still representing 7% of the total state area. This was the first year that exceptional drought has been recorded in Minnesota since figures began being tracked in 1999.


Only southeastern Minnesota and a few border areas are experiencing reasonably normal conditions.

Adding to the good news, there remains a number of days in the forecast that call for the potential for rain. Meteorologist Riley O'Connor says the clouds will cool things down a bit Thursday and temperatures shouldn't get much higher than the low- to mid-70s. Then, rain will be on and off in the afternoon, evening and into Friday morning.

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