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More than 35 percent of Minnesota is in 'extreme' drought

It's incredibly dry in most of the state.

Drought conditions in Minnesota continue to worsen. The latest update from the National Drought Mitigation Center shows 35.1% of the state in extreme drought, which is the third of four levels on the drought monitor. That's an increase from 22.1% of the state being in extreme drought a week ago. 

Minnesota drought levels: 

  • D1 - Moderate drought - 97.4% of Minnesota
  • D2 - Severe drought - 78.6% of Minnesota
  • D3 - Extreme drought - 35.1% of Minnesota
  • D4 - Exceptional drought - 0% of Minnesota

Drought conditions "deteriorated significantly across Minnesota and northern Iowa" in the past week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, which added there are "several large patches in Iowa and adjacent Minnesota, where extreme drought (D3) was introduced." 

Areas shaded in red in the map below are experiencing extreme drought. It includes a massive area of central, northern and northeastern Minnesota, as well as a stripe from southwest Minnesota northeastward into Meeker, Stearns and Benton counties. The entire Twin Cities metro area is in severe drought. 

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What will it take to get out of the drought? The U.S. Drought Monitor says many areas in Minnesota and Iowa are up to 8.5 inches of precipitation below normal since early May. NWS Twin Cities says most of Minnesota is 4-8 inches of precipitation below normal since June 1. 


Here's the national drought map. 


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