MN Drought Is Short-Term 07 Apr 12

It just keeps getting drier in Minnesota — but officials say our situation remains “short-term.” The latest US Drought Monitor shows, with the exception of the far southeastern tip of Minnesota, our state is abnormally dry. Southern Minnesota and the upper Arrowhead are in a severe drought but officials say it is short-term, meaning conditions typically last about six months. Agriculture and grasslands bear the brunt of that lack of moisture. There are long-term drought conditions in areas of Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas and Georgia — that’s where the entire ecology of the region suffers.