Drought blossoms in upper Midwest and northern Plains

Most of Minnesota — 88 percent — is in moderate drought, a dramatic expansion from 6 percent a week ago, says the Drought Monitor. Record-high temperatures accelerated dryness. Precipitation in Minnesota is 2.5-3.5 inches below normal since Oct. 1.  “Precipitation deficits … are below the 75th percentile in most of the area,” said the Monitor, referring… » Read More

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