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.