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New month, worsening drought conditions in Minnesota


August 3, 2021

More of the bed of the Mississippi River is exposed below the Coon Rapids Dam in Coon Rapids, Minn., under hazy skies on Thursday. Prolonged drought conditions across the state have left many rivers running near historic lows. Emily Bright | MPR News

After one of the driest Julys on record in parts of Minnesota, the drought conditions affecting the region show no signs of letting up to start the month of August.

In the Twin Cities, the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport ended July with just 0.87 inches of rain for the month - more than 3 inches below normal. Since June 1, the airport is nearly a half-foot below normal rainfall.

St. Cloud, Rochester, Duluth and International Falls also are between 3 and 5 inches below normal rainfall since June 1.


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