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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - Drought conditions continued to spread across Minnesota last week.

The updated U.S. Drought Monitor from the National Weather Service shows moderate to severe drought conditions were found everywhere except the northeast corner of Minnesota, where conditions were rated as abnormally dry. There were also pockets of abnormally dry conditions in central, northwestern, and southeastern Minnesota, including a tiny portion of northeast Olmsted County and sections of Wabasha and Winona Counties.

National Weather Service

The severe drought conditions cover most of the counties along the Minnesota-Iowa border, including the south half of Houston and Fillmore Counties and most of Mower County. Severe drought conditions also extended into the second tier of counties in south-central Minnesota and a section of northwestern Minnesota.

In Rochester, the National Weather Service says the moisture deficit for the month is currently at 3.35 inches. Since the start of the year, the moisture deficit now stands at nearly 6.5 inches.

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