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Wisconsin's Drought of 2012 continues this winter

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The Drought of 2012 lives on in Wisconsin.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday that things have not changed very much in the Badger State since winter set in – and if anything, it’s gotten worse.

88.6 percent of Wisconsin’s land area is at least abnormally dry, up by three-tenths of a percent since mid-November. And the amount of land in a moderate to severe drought rose from 53 percent in mid-November to almost 62 percent now.

The places that do not have drought conditions are about the same as they were three months ago. They include a dozen counties from Waushara and Marquette counties on the west, to the Lake Michigan border on the east from Door to Sheboygan counties.

Wisconsin had a January thaw, but not enough water seeped into the ground to make a difference in the state’s drought. 

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