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Dry Conditions Weakening in the Northern Plains

Dry conditions are dwindling in the Northern Plains, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor. In North Dakota, the extreme drought once seen in central and south-central part of the state has disappeared. Fifty-six percent of the state is in severe drought, while the Red River Valley and south-central and south-eastern portions are abnormally dry or in moderate drought. Most of Minnesota either abnormally dry, with the northwestern and west-central areas being the exception.  

Parts of ND Enter in to Extreme Drought Category

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, nearly all of northwestern and central North Dakota are in D2 or severe drought, with a portion of south-central North Dakota in D3 or extreme drought. The northern Red River Valley is in the D1 or moderate drought category. The southern tier of North Dakota counties and Northern Minnesota are in the abnormally dry or D0 category.
 
View the latest drought maps.