Severe Drought Expands in Minnesota, Wisconsin

Posted at: 09/12/2013 11:24 AM | Updated at: 11/08/2013 4:49 PM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - This week's update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that an area of severe drought in central Minnesota has expanded eastward into Wisconsin.

More than 7 percent of Minnesota is in a severe drought as of Thursday, up from more than 4 percent a week earlier. The area of severe drought now extends across the northern Twin Cities metro area into western Wisconsin, as well as down a ribbon of land along the Mississippi River to the southeast corner of Minnesota.

The drought has also expanded in western Wisconsin. Eighteen percent of Wisconsin is now in a severe drought, up from close to 7 percent last week.

About 79 percent of Minnesota and 59 percent of Wisconsin are rated abnormally dry or worse, which hasn't changed from last week.

The complete report can be seen at droughtmonitor.unl.edu.

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