Drought tightens grip on Minnesota

Federal officials say more than 80 percent of Minnesota is abnormally dry. A week ago it was less than two-thirds. The new drought map includes the northern half of the Twin Cities area. But southern Minnesota is the state's most parched region.
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The drought. It's not just for farmers anymore. Now the abnormally dry area covers 84 percent of Minnesota, including much of the Twin Cities area.

Here's a look at the U.S. Drought Monitor's map of the state, which is based on data through Tuesday.

Speaking of maps, the Minnesota Climatology Working Group has several that illustrate how this drought is the product of three successive dry spells across the state.

Now that the drought is urban, as well as rural, more people are asking about lawn care (water it, but skip fertilizing or aerating). St. Paul is asking residents to water their trees. Here's a guide to doing that.

Or watch the city's video:

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