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Wisconsin drought conditions slightly improve during the past week


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s massive drought eased up a little during the last week – but not much.

Soaking rains helped drought conditions become less severe in many places. But according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 95.5 percent of the state’s land area is still abnormally dry or worse.

That’s down by about 4 percentage points from a week ago.

The best conditions are in the northeast. All of Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, and Calumet counties are no longer in a drought – and the same is true for most of Brown County and small parts of Sheboygan and Outagamie counties.

The places in extreme drought have shrunk as well. They’re now located roughly between Platteville and Monroe in southwest Wisconsin, and around Black River Falls.

About three-fourths of Wisconsin remains in either a moderate or severe stage of drought.

Nationally, the newly-planted winter wheat is getting exposed to the dry conditions. Around 62 percent of the land area in the 48 mainland states is in some degree of drought – and conditions show little signs of easing.