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Drought conditions worsen across Wisconsin

A dry river bed because of drought conditions.
A dry river bed because of drought conditions.

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Drought conditions are returning to more of Wisconsin.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday morning that almost 42 percent of the state’s land area is abnormally dry or worse. That’s way up from 23 percent just a week ago.

Superior is in a moderate drought, and so is the western half of surrounding Douglas County and far northern Burnett County.

Abnormally dry conditions cover about the western third of Wisconsin, stretching as far east as Wisconsin Rapids and Wisconsin Dells.

It’s been relatively dry for almost two months in most of Wisconsin, after the state had just ended its worst drought in decades.

Storms went through most of the Badger State Wednesday night, offering at least some relief from the dry conditions. Chippewa Falls had 2.5 inches of rain in a one-hour period, and Medford had about an-inch-and-a-half.

Lingering rain is moving out of far southern Wisconsin Thursday. Forecasters say there’s a chance for more storms on from Saturday through at least Monday. 

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