MN Drought Mostly Over 11 May 12

The drought is officially over for nearly all of Minnesota. The new map from the US Drought Monitor shows that only about 10% of Minnesota remains in drought. Three months ago, 96% of the state was in a moderate to severe drought. The remaining pockets of drought include part of the North Shore, some of northwestern Minnesota along the Canadian border and part of south-central Minnesota, including Blue Earth and Martin Counties and the 6 adjoining counties to the east of those. Climatologists say the recent heavy rain has recharged dry soils, which will be good for agriculture, but it will still take some time for water levels on some larger lakes to rise to normal levels. Minnesota needs continued above-average precipitation to fully catch up.