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Drought worsens in NW ND with warm temps forecast

BISMARCK (AP) — The drought worsened in northwestern North Dakota over the past week, but conditions in all other regions of the state are holding steady.

Parts of the northwest that were in severe drought last week are now in extreme drought, the second-worse of four categories, according to this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor map. A small pocket of exceptional drought — the worst category — remained in Golden Valley County in the southwest, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

All of North Dakota except the very southeastern tip remained in some form of drought.

“Almost the entire (Northern Plains) region was dry this week with only light precipitation recorded in portions of the region,” National Drought Mitigation Center Climatologist Brian Fuchs wrote. “Most all of the region was at or above normal for temperatures this week with the warmest readings in the Dakotas, where temperatures were 6-8 degrees above normal.”