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Heavy rain across Wisconsin failed to put big dent into drought problem


GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - The heavy rain from last weekend did not do very much to ease Wisconsin’s drought conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said today that almost 84 percent of the state’s land area is still in a moderate to extreme drought. That’s only down a little from 87.25 percent last week.

The northern part of Door County is still the only place in Wisconsin that’s not abnormally dry or worse. But the places with extreme drought conditions shrunk a bit.

An extremely dry patch in west central Wisconsin is reduced – and it only covers most of Jackson County, plus small parts of Clark and Monroe counties. The extreme drought territory in far southern Wisconsin also got smaller. It pretty much incudes all of Walworth, Rock, Green, and Lafayette counties – and a third of Grant County.

Waushara County is still in a moderate drought, even though up to 6 inches of rain fell there last weekend.

The biggest improvement is in east central Wisconsin, where a number of places lost their moderate drought status are now abnormally dry.

Nationally, just over 62 percent of the 48 mainland states were in some form of drought – down more than a percentage point from last week.

Rain was in the forecast throughout Wisconsin Thursday, but it was only falling in a few scattered areas late Thursday morning.

Dry weather is expected for the weekend, with the next chance of rain coming on Monday.