July 30, 2014

Snow no match for drought

Wisconsin drought conditions (US Drought Monitor)

Wisconsin drought conditions (US Drought Monitor)

Last week’s heavy snows did nothing to ease the drought in Wisconsin. The U.S. Drought Monitor says 88 1/2 percent of the state’s soil remains abnormally dry or worse — same as a week ago.

The Madison and Beaver Dam areas had around 20 inches of snow last week,  much of the southern two-thirds of state received at least a foot, and all but the Superior area got at least some snow. Not much of it has melted, due to colder temperatures. As a result, officials say a quarter of Wisconsin’s land area remains in a severe drought – mainly in the northwest and the far south.

Another 36 percent of the state is in a moderate drought, and 27 percent remains abnormally dry. About a dozen counties in east central Wisconsin are the only ones not in some stage of drought.