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Drought of 2012 continues into new year


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Last year’s drought continues into 2013 with no let-up in Wisconsin.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says 88.5 percent of the state’s land area is abnormally dry or worse – and that figure has not budged for the last three weeks.

But Thursday’s report contains one piece of good news. The amount of land that’s in a severe drought declined by almost 1.5 percent over the last week. Almost 24.5 percent of the Badger State is listed as being in a severe drought – including much of north central and west central areas, and most of far southern Wisconsin.

A dozen east central counties remain the only ones not having drought conditions. That territory stretches from about Adams-Friendship to the west, to between Door and Sheboygan counties to the east.

The heavy snows we received two weeks ago have blown around considerably, but very little of it has apparently seeped in. It hasn’t been warm enough for that.

But there could be some melting over the next few days, as highs are expected to reach the low 30’s Friday and Sunday, with dry weather at least through next Monday.