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Exceptional drought in Minnesota sees improvement

Drought Monitor for September 23 Drought Monitor for September 23 |  Photo: WDIO-TV, U.S. Drought Monitor

Brandon Weathers
Updated: September 30, 2021 05:42 PM
Created: September 23, 2021 08:08 AM

The parts of the Northland that have been hit the hardest by the ongoing drought have finally seen some improvement.

Thursday's U.S. Drought Monitor reflected improvements of up to one category for much of the region thanks to hefty rain.

Moderate to extreme drought continues for much of the Northland, but well-placed rainfall eliminated the area of exceptional drought in northern Minnesota.

According to the weekly report, the more than 2 inches of rain recorded at International Falls on September 20 was the most rain in a calendar day since July 17, 2019.

"According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Minnesota’s topsoil moisture rated very short to short has dramatically improved in recent weeks, from 84 to 35% between August 15 and September 19," the report said.

Despite the welcomed recent rainfall, the report says the rain arrived too late to benefit drought-affected summer crops in the Upper Midwest.

LINK: U.S. Drought Monitor


Brandon Weathers

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