Drought Worsens In MN 24 Aug 12

The drought affecting over half of the nation is worsening, and Minnesota continues to get drier as well. State Climatologist Pete Boulay says that about a third of the state is in moderate to severe drought. He says the worst of it is in southwestern Minnesota and also northwestern portions of the state — and is beginning to creep a little farther east across southern Minnesota as well. More than half of Minnesota is now rated at least abnormally dry as the dry conditions continue to spread. Thirty-six percent of the state is in a moderate-to-extreme drought as well. Minnesota is still in better shape than several other Midwest states that are completely in a severe to exceptional drought.