There was little relief from drought conditions in dry parts of the Northern Plains this past week. Three-quarters of North Dakota remains in extreme drought. The far southeastern corner of the state is abnormally dry, while a narrow band spanning from the Red River Valley and west is in moderate and severe drought. In South Dakota, dry conditions are a mixed bag. The northwestern and north-central regions remain in extreme drought, and the dry conditions lessen further south and east. A small pocket in east-central South Dakota has found relief from the dryness. The majority of Minnesota has sufficient moisture, with far southern and northwestern areas either abnormally dry or in moderate drought. The exception comes in Kittson County where there is severe drought.
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