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A very dry stretch

September 20, 2012


  The latest info from the U.S. Drought Monitor ( shows much of Minnesota experiencing drought conditions right now: 

  It shows 64.11% of Minnesota in drought conditions, and that includes roughly the northern half of the Twin Cities metro area. An additional 32.09% of Minnesota, including the southern half of the metro area, is abnormally dry right now.  One year ago, only 16.63% of Minnesota was experiencing drought. The Minnesota State Climatology Office has detailed weekly updates on drought conditions at (

  During dry spells like this, I often think of my grandparents. They were Minnesota farmers who didn’t have irrigation systems for their fields. I remember visiting the farm one day and being disappointed that it was cloudy and rainy. My grandfather was looking out at the rain and smiling…it was just what the corn crop needed!

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