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Northern part of Door Co. no longer abnormally dry; extreme drought continues


STURGEON BAY, WI (WTAQ) - There’s both good news and bad news in this week’s update of Wisconsin’s drought conditions.

The U.S. Drought Monitor says the northern half of Door County is no longer abnormally dry – and that means all of Wisconsin is no longer in some stage of drought, even though 99 percent still is.

The bad news is that part of central Wisconsin is in an extreme drought for the first time this year. It’s roughly-bounded by Black River Falls, Warrens, Mauston, Adams-Friendship, and Babcock in Wood County. And it covers parts of Jackson, Monroe, Juneau, and Adams counties as well as Wood.

Otherwise, the drought map looks pretty much like it did a week ago.

Abnormally dry conditions exist north of a line from Siren to Wausau to Manitowoc. Most of far southern Wisconsin is also in an extreme drought.

The rest of the state has moderate to severe drought conditions.

The dry weather will continue for the foreseeable future. The state forecast does not mention the words “rain” or “showers” at least through Monday.