April showers have been little help for the dry conditions

April is a critical month for the growing season. With the soil thawing and plant life awakening, the weather in April can have lasting impacts for the rest of the growing season. Very cold conditions, drought, or floods that plague areas to start the spring can set the stage for a great or really terrible planting season. This year in Minnesota, it's mostly dry conditions that have been the issue. While above average rainfall for southeastern parts of the state have significantly helped recharge the soil, many other areas are still quite dry with some spots getting even worse. Check out the amount of rain the area has seen since April 1st and how that compares to averageā€¦



Areas from Rochester to La Crosse have had the benefit of added moisture, more than 5 inches in some spots, but the rest of the area isn't able to make any headway in the drought as rainfall stayed at or below average. For the metro, generally 2-3" has fallen, which is generally right on target. But you go west and it's a far different story. The western half of the state is recording less than half the usual moisture for April, and with this upcoming week (and the first week of May for that matter) looking pretty stark in the rain department, conditions likely won't improve anytime soon. Here is the latest drought monitorā€¦



The entire area continues to suffer under a moderate drought with exceptions of the far southeast. Sadly, much of western Minnesota is just a few short dry weeks away from getting upgraded to severe status.

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