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Drought worsens, no relief in sight

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U.S. Drought Monitor as of August 3, 2017 U.S. Drought Monitor as of August 3, 2017
GREAT FALLS -

Montana's devastating drought has worsened for the 11th week in a row.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows more than half of the state is now in a drought, with nearly 86% of the state experiencing "abnormally dry" conditions.

It's the 11th week in a row that the drought has expanded across Big Sky Country.

Those counties under a D2 or greater designation (at least a severe drought) are eligible for federal aid.

This "flash drought," as it's being called, took so many by surprise.

A nearly rain-less spring and summer across the eastern half of the state resulted in poor conditions for farmers and ranchers.

Just last fall, northeastern Montana experienced record rainfall and historic flooding, and many expected the 2017 growing season to be fruitful.

Unfortunately, there is no significant relief ahead for the Treasure State.

The August outlook is still relatively dry, without much-needed rain ahead.

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