Mark Twain said it best. “It takes a flood to end a drought.”
Here in Minnesota this year, it’s taken two floods. The Winona-Rochester flood last month was followed by another in the Iron Range and much of northeast Minnesota. We’ve had over a foot of rain in many areas of the state in the past 6 weeks. The Twin Cities has soaked up over 14 inches.
Take a look at how that’s improved topsoil moisture conditions around Minnesota.
79% of the state is now rated “adequate or surplus” when it comes to topsoil moisture. That’s a remarkable improvement in just 6 weeks.
The U.S. Drought Monitor out today shows the area of extreme drought shrinking across the state, another welcome development! The percentage of Minnesota ranked as “severe drought” is now just to 20%. That’s down from 38% a week ago, and from 48% a year ago. All of southern Minnesota is now drought free. Nice progress!
Another brief shower is possible today, followed by superb weather this evening and Friday.