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Larger part of Wisconsin becomes severely dry

Dry farm land (Photo by: Eldiaar/Creative Commons).
Dry farm land (Photo by: Eldiaar/Creative Commons).

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin's overall drought conditions did not change very much over the last week -- but a larger part of the state is said to be severely dry. 

The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday that around 59 percent of the state's land area is abnormally dry or worse -- one-tenth percent less than a week ago.  

However, 18 percent of the Badger State is reported to be in a severe drought, the report's third-worst category. That's way up from 6.5 percent last week. 

The severe drought conditions extend along the Mississippi River from Vernon to Polk counties, and eastward along a curve bounded by Chippewa Falls, Neillsville, Wisconsin Dells, and Viroqua.

Almost 41 percent of Wisconsin is drought-free, northeast of a line from Sheboygan to Superior along with a couple patches in the Platteville and Beloit areas.