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Drought-free, but for how long? How climate change affects dry and wet trends in Minnesota

A storm cloud rolls over fields
A shelf cloud on the leading edge of a severe-warned storm passed over open fields near Becker on Wednesday.
Ben Hovland | MPR News

Recent abundant levels of rainfall across the state have pulled Minnesota out of drought for the first time since June 2022.

Will this rainfall pattern continue? And how are Minnesota’s precipitation swings a symptom of climate change? 

Kenneth Blumenfeld with the Minnesota State Climatology Office talks about recent rainfall across the state and explains how both dry and wet patterns — sometimes lasting several months — are connected to climate change. 

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