Oct 5, 2012 at 6:33 am
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) The drought keeps getting deeper across Minnesota.
New maps from the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday show that 96 percent of the state is in a moderate to extreme drought, up from 77 percent a week earlier.
The driest parts of the state include several counties in northwestern Minnesota and several counties from southwestern to south-central Minnesota.
Only two parts of the state aren't in drought, but they're both rated abnormally dry -- Cook County at the northeastern tip of Minnesota, and a patch of Scott, Dakota, Rice and Goodhue counties south of the Twin Cities.
St. Cloud just saw its second-driest September on record. Only .24 of an inch of rain fell during the month, second only to the .07 of an inch that fell in September 1952, and there's been no measurable precipitation yet in October.
Temp: 88°F (31°C)
Wind: 16 SE
Weather: Mainly Clear