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Wisconsin's worst drought in years nearly over

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s worst drought in years is almost history – but not quite.

The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday that only 3.4 percent of the state’s land area is abnormally dry.

That’s the lowest official category, and it only covers two relatively small patches – one in western Oneida County, and the other along the St. Croix River in Polk and Burnett counties.

As recently as last September, over 99 percent of the state had drought conditions. Parts of far southern Wisconsin were in an extreme drought last summer.

A long, snowy winter – plus a week’s worth of heavy rains -- virtually eliminated the state’s drought over the past few weeks.