AUDIO: Most of Minnesota drought free

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May 30, 2014 at 9:46 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KNSI) A wet month of May has taken most of Minnesota out of drought conditions.

State Climatologist Mark Seeley says only a handful of counties in far southwestern Minnesota are still considered to be in drought conditions.

He says there were reports of, "well over five inches" of rain this month in east-central locations around Mora, Milaca Cambridge and Elk River. He says the rest of the state saw near normal precipitation for the month.

Seeley says there was enough dry weather to get Minnesota's corn crop planted. He says there are indications of above-normal temperatures in June, which he says, "will add to the growing degree days. Once the crop emerges, that will accelerate the growth of the crop."

A tilt toward above average temperatures is something Minnesota has not seen in awhile. The state has had below normal temperatures for eight consecutive months, the longest such streak since 1996.

Seeley says east-central Minnesota saw the most rainfall in May

Seeley says there are indications June could bring above normal temperatures

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