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Second Week in a Row - Southern Wisconsin under Moderate Drought

The drought comes off the heels of Madison’s 8th driest April on record.
Updated: May. 13, 2021 at 6:36 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The latest Drought Monitor hasn’t changed much for the Badger State. For the second week in a row, southern Wisconsin remains under a Moderate Drought. Almost half the state is classified as Abnormally Dry in the outlook released every Thursday.

Madison’s Dane County Airport received only 1.44″ of rain for the month. A departure of about 2.3″ from the April average - making it the 8th driest April on record.

Most of southern Wisconsin only picked up between 25-50% of average rainfall this past April....
Most of southern Wisconsin only picked up between 25-50% of average rainfall this past April. Data: Midwestern Regional Climate Center(WMTV NBC15)

So far for May, Madison is more than half an inch behind the rainfall typically picked up in the first thirteen days. The city is more than 4.5″ behind for this point in the year.

While the frost threat takes off, the lack of rain & the overall deficit is worth watching in the weeks to come. It’s one thing to catch back up; It’s another to keep the deficit from slipping!

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