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Wisconsin drought conditions unchanged during the past week


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Drought conditions in Wisconsin did not change over the last week.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said today almost 91 percent of the state’s land area remains abnormally dry or worse.

The only place that’s not in a drought is in eastern Wisconsin, bounded roughly by Marinette to the north, Ripon to the west, Oostburg to the south, and the Lake Michigan shoreline on the east.

Almost a quarter of the state’s land area remains in a severe drought, generally in west central Wisconsin and the far south.

It’s been dry all year in parts of the Badger State. Just over 58 percent of the state’s land area was in a drought back in January.

Nationally, about 60 percent of the land in the lower 48 states was in some kind of drought as of Tuesday. That’s down by less than 1 percent from a week ago. But conditions got worse in parts of the nation’s mid-section – namely in Kansas and Oklahoma, where winter wheat growers are frustrated.

Parts of Wisconsin had light snow earlier in the week, but it’s long gone.

The far north had sprinkles Thursday morning – but dry weather is now being predicted into Saturday, when there’s a chance of rain.

Highs will be in the 40’s and 50’s the next couple days – but it’s supposed to warm up to the 60’s in southwest Wisconsin for the weekend.