Warm start to August, spotty rain and drought conditions persist

A brown patch of grass.
Kentucky bluegrass seed turns brown and weedy in a fall 2021 drought.
Kirsti Marohn | MPR News 2021

It’s been a warm start to August, sprinkled with spotty rain showers amid persisting drought conditions.

According to retired meteorologist and climatologist Mark Seeley, crops are taking a hard hit due to the particularly dry summer in Minnesota.

Much of the severe to extreme drought — covering about 34 percent of the landscape — remains in central and southeastern counties. Rainfall totals have varied across the state, ranging from trace amounts to 3.77 inches in St. Peter, Minn.

MPR News host Cathy Wurzer spoke with Seeley about the recent showers and the drought’s anticipated effects on crop yield in their weekly weather chat. Listen to the full conversation above.

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