Southwestern Minnesota is still listed as “abnormally dry” as seen in the April 25, 2024 map from the U.S. Drought Monitor

Despite recent rains, much of the KLGR-area is still listed as “abnormally dry” by the U.S. Drought Monitor as of Friday morning. That’s an improvement —  Redwood, Yellow Medicine, La Qui Parle, Lyon, Lincoln, Brown, Cottonwood, Watonwan, and Murray Counties were all recently listed as being in “moderate drought”.

The drought conditions continue to improve in most of Minnesota. The new U.S. Drought Monitor map shows the percentage of the state that is abnormally dry fell from 87% last week to 74%.

The area of moderate drought dropped slightly from 44-42% and is mostly in the northern third of the state. Severe drought in north-central and northwest Minnesota increased from 11.3-12.5%. Rain showers are in the forecast statewide this weekend.