- Associated Press - Thursday, June 4, 2015

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The drought is over in the Twin Cities thanks to recent rainfall but it persists across parts of northern Minnesota.

Thursday’s updated map from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that only about 12 percent of the state is now in a moderate drought, down from 25 percent last week. Another 39 percent of the state including the eastern Twin Cities metro area is rated abnormally dry, an improvement from 63 percent last week.

The St. Paul Pioneer Press notes (http://bit.ly/1RMI4CO ) that about 94 percent of Minnesota was in drought in early May. But that number has fallen steadily. At Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, May finished slightly above average for precipitation, with 3.55 inches of rain. It was the first month of above-average precipitation at the airport since last June.

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Online:

U.S. Drought Monitor: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home.aspx

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Information from: St. Paul Pioneer Press, http://www.twincities.com

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