Midwest Drought Summary
An unseasonably warm week across the region was also coupled with widespread rain, especially over the upper Midwest. Temperatures were 5-7 degrees above normal, with the warmest readings over Missouri. Most all areas were near normal precipitation for the week, with portions of northern Wisconsin and northern Minnesota having rain totals of 3+ inches above normal. Some local totals were: 5.17 inches in Rhinelander, WI; 4.42 inches in Wausau, WI; 4.02 inches in Green Bay, WI; 3.07 inches in Marshfield, WI; and 3.06 inches in Oshkosh, WI. The widespread heavy rains allowed for the removal of much of the abnormally dry designation over the upper peninsula of Michigan, all of Wisconsin and most of Minnesota. There was a small improvement to abnormally dry conditions in central and western Iowa as well. Missouri has continued to dry over the last several months, with agricultural-related impacts becoming more widespread. Changes this week in Missouri include expansion of severe drought over the northern portion of the state as well as the expansion of moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions in the northeast that included far western Illinois. Abnormally dry conditions were also expanded over much of western Missouri and a new pocket was introduced in southeast Missouri. Abnormally dry conditions were also expanded slightly in eastern Iowa along the Mississippi River.
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