The drought is getting worse across North Dakota and Minnesota. New data from the U-S Drought Monitor says for the first time this year portions of Nelson…Grand Forks…Griggs…Steele…and Trail counties have fallen into the extreme drought category. Year-to-date precipitation deficits range from six to twelve inches and a significant reduction in sub-surface water has been noticed. NWS Hydrologist Mike Lukes says you might have to go back to the 1980’s to see the region this dry.
The extreme dought status also covers a large part of NW Minnesota. The drought map shows nearly two-thirds of the contiguous U-S experiencing some form of drought.