Despite recent rainfall, severe drought conditions persist across Twin Cities metro area
The latest data from the United States Drought Monitor shows severe drought conditions continue in multiple counties spanning the Twin Cities metro area.
According to Thursday’s report, the percentage of land still in severe drought is unchanged from last week at 2.3%.
However, the amount of land considered to be in a moderate drought decreased by more than 2%, from 12.52% to 10.02%, and abnormally dry conditions decreased from 27.19% to 20.98%. Meanwhile, the percentage of Minnesota not experiencing any kind of dryness is approaching 80%, at 79.02%.
Thursday’s data comes after parts of Minnesota experienced many inches of rainfall last week. In Cambridge, city officials said about 4 inches of rain fell within one to two hours, causing flash flooding in the area. The National Weather Service reported nearly 5 inches fell in Cosmos, while Grasston, East Bethel, Isanti and Maple Grove all received more than 3 inches.
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Currently, Washington, Ramsey, Hennepin, Dakota, Carver, Scott, Rice, Le Sueur, Sibley, Nicollet, Renville and Brown counties all have severe drought conditions.
In Wisconsin, data shows a similar story, with severe drought percentages unchanged from last week at 2.52%, and Dunn, St. Croix, Polk and Pierce counties experiencing those conditions.
Areas reporting moderate drought conditions dropped from 13% to 12.61%, while abnormally dry conditions decreased across the state from 36.86% to 27.56%.