More precipitation expected but not enough to dent the drought

Author:
Updated:
Original:

Minnesota may see more moisture than usual for the next few months, but probably not enough to chase away the drought that has taken hold of the state.

The U.S. Climate Prediction Center issued an extended outlook for the period through the end of April.

A meteorologist tells MPR the next few months should bring a little more precipitation than usual to Minnesota, but cautions against expecting "a major drought-buster event."

Indeed, for much of the Midwest the drought may get worse. The dry area extends from Texas into Canada. Most of the meteorologists surveyed by Bloomberg expect the drought will intensify during the planting season. One thinks the geographic center of the drought will move northward this year, pinning it at Redwood Falls as opposed to last year's Grand Island, Nebraska.

Dry ground makes ripples, though. The drought's effects were a key factor in Cargill's announcement Thursday that it will close one of its Texas beef processing plants on Feb. 1st. Last summer's diminished corn and hay crops have driven up the cost of animal feed, prompting many ranchers to thin their herds. Minnetonka-based Cargill says the nation's cattle herd is at its smallest in more than 60 years. The indefinite idling of the Plainview plant will throw 2,000 Texans out of work.

Next Up

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota changes vaccine appointment process, here's what to know

Walz also announced plans for a mass vaccination event at Xcel Energy Center.

covid-19, coronavirus

Here is Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, Jan. 25

The latest figures from MDH have been released.

covid-19, vaccine

Minnesota health leaders say state's vaccine progress better than figures suggest

Minnesota is lagging behind national vaccination rates, but MDH leaders say this is because it's holding 2nd doses in reserve.

target store

Target announces bonuses ranging from $500-$2,000 for 375,000 workers

The bonuses are being provided following a booming holiday sales season.

dale olsen go fund me

Curling community rallies behind man who was shot in Minneapolis

Dale Olsen was shot in an apparent attempted robbery.

Delfosse

Willmar man's coworkers fundraise to help family after he was fatally shot

David Delfosse was working in his garage when he was killed by an errant bullet.

Governor Tim Walz

Governor Walz to announce 'sweeping' education plan Monday

The governor will address Minnesota at 2 p.m. Monday.

sun country

Sun Country adds 9 more flights out of MSP Airport

The new additions include large cities and popular outdoor destinations.

Zach Parise

Ghosts of Wild's past force split with Sharks

Brent Burns and Ryan Donato thwarted a comeback attempt by the Wild.

Related

Drought stifles crop expectations

Minnesota’s record dry season has area farmers worried about next year’s crops. MPR says if the drought conditions carry over into the spring, farmers won’t have enough moisture to water a normal amount of crops.

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.