Week after week, Montana's drought improves - KRTV News in Great Falls, Montana

Week after week, Montana's drought improves

Posted: 11/09/2017 14:50:00 -07:00 Updated:

Coming off one of the driest summer's on record, Montana is seeing major improvements in the drought.

Many Montanans say this year's drought is the worst since the late 1980's.

While, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor still shows 76% of the state is still "abnormally dry," there have been significant improvements in the overall drought conditions.

Just 12% of the state is experiencing an "extreme" drought. That's half of what it was three months ago.

Last week, 41% of Montana was in a "severe" drought. This week, that number is down to 30%.

This fall is off to a very wet start, with some areas seeing 200% of normal precipitation in the past 30 days.

Eastern Montana is still in need of significant moisture. As of November 9, many counties have only recorded 25% of normal precipitation in the last month.

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