Severe Drought Expands in Minnesota

Posted at: 09/12/2013 11:57 AM
Updated at: 09/12/2013 11:58 AM

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - This week's update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that an area of severe drought in central Minnesota has expanded eastward into Wisconsin.           

More than 7 percent of Minnesota is in a severe drought as of Thursday, up from more than 4 percent a week earlier.

The area of severe drought now extends across the northern Twin Cities metro area into western Wisconsin, as well as down a ribbon of land along the Mississippi River to the southeast corner of Minnesota.          

About 79 percent of Minnesota are rated abnormally dry or worse, which hasn't changed from last week.