A relatively dry January has pushed the Northern Plains back into the earliest stages of drought development. According to the latest Drought Monitor report, “abnormal dryness” is now reported in portions of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.

Further to the south, drought conditions continue to dominate. Currently 11 percent of Texas and 23 percent of Oklahoma are in extreme or worse drought, relatively unchanged from last week’s report.

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A look at the U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook shows drought persisting or intensifying from Kansas to Texas through the end of April. With just the early stages of drought reported on the Northern Plains currently, federal forecasters don’t anticipate this to develop into drought at this time.