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72% of Minnesota in severe drought after weeks of hot, dry weather

KAAL-TV
Updated: July 22, 2021 05:17 PM
Created: July 22, 2021 11:37 AM

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows 72% of Minnesota is currently experiencing severe drought.

That's up from last week, when 52% of the state was considered to be in severe drought. Minnesota Public Radio News reports the news is startling, since at the start of June, less than 1% of the state had severe drought areas.

The drought monitor shows the more intense “extreme” drought category has expanded from 4% last week to almost 19% this week. The news means that more watering restrictions are likely.


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