Drought threatens


Is your lettuce looking puny? Are your flowers drooping? And as you drive through the Twin Cities, do you see crispy brown lawns? Outside the metro, the signs may be less familiar, but newly-planted fields lack subsoil moisture. The National Drought Mitigation Center rates nearly all the southern half of Minnesota as abnormally dry or worse, according to AP:

Forty-six percent of Minnesota is now rated abnormally dry or worse, up from 32 percent last week, while 11 percent is in drought and 2 percent is in severe drought.

The U.S. Drought Monitor map shows parts of Wisconsin suffering even more severe conditions.

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