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Drought worsens in Upper Midwest

The Dakotas saw a mix of drought improvement and drought degradation, but today's update didn't fully account for this week's rains.

Recent rain for the Dakotas had little impact on drought

"Reports indicate much of this week’s heavy rains was immediately absorbed by the severely dry soils, with no runoff into empty dugouts or ponds," according to today's Drought Monitor Summary.