There's some good news for drought stricken eastern Minnesota. The drought area is shrinking.
A band of heavy rain Sunday night dumped up to 4" of rainfall from near Lake Mille Lacs to Duluth. The rainfall helped erode some of drought designated areas, and Minnesota actually saw a decrease in the percentage of the state under drought designation this week.
According to today's updated U.S. Drought Monitor, areas in Minnesota classified under moderate or severe drought dropped to 19.9% this week, down from 25.3% last week.
Drought hangs on in Wisconsin:
Overall in the Upper Midwest, drought areas held their ground. Much of northern Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula is still parched, and classified as moderate or severe drought.
Ample rains and mild temperatures overall have allowed Minnesota farmers to get a jump on the 2010 crop season. The latest Minnesota Crop Report shows crop development ahead of average for this year.
Topsoil moisture is rated as adequate in 87% of Minnesota.
Posted at 3:17 PM on May 27, 2010
by Paul Huttner
Filed under: Astronomy
NASA SOHO spacecraft shows a coronal mass ejection (CME) streaming earthward.
These are great nights for sky watching in the Upper Midwest.
The full "flower" moon rises at 9:03 pm tonight in the Twin Cities. In addition to the full moon, you may want to keep an eye on the northern sky for possible aurora borealis, or northern lights the next few nights.
Here's the dish from spaceweather.com.
High-latitude sky watchers should be alert for auroras tonight. A coronal mass ejection (CME) is heading for Earth and it could spark geomagnetic storms when it arrives on May 27th or 28th.
Our clear skies and low humidity should make for excellent viewing this weekend.