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Wisconsin drought conditions about the same as a week ago


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Drought conditions in Wisconsin are about the same as they were a week ago.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said today that 88.5 percent of the state’s land area remains abnormally dry or worse. That’s the same percentage as last week.

Just over a quarter of the Badger State is still in a severe drought – mostly in northwest and far southern Wisconsin.

11 counties in east central Wisconsin are the only ones not in some form of drought. Nationally, drought conditions leveled off this week, after a couple of weeks in which conditions got slightly worse.

Over 62 percent of the mainland U.S. is still in some form of drought – and one-fifth of states still have an extreme or exceptional drought status. Wisconsin is not among those.

Because of the drought, barge operators fear a shutdown of traffic on the Mississippi River.

The National Weather Service said Wednesday that the river is not dropping as rapidly as it feared. But not much rain is predicted over the next few days in the driest parts of the river close to Saint Louis.