Worst drought conditions vacate state
BISMARCK -- Despite almost no rain reported in October in some parts of North Dakota, the most severe drought conditions receded across the state this past week.
The categories of exceptional and extreme drought have been wiped off the U.S. Drought Monitor's map for North Dakota.
Conditions of severe drought dropped from 18.9 percent of the state to 2.9 percent, and areas in moderate drought dropped from 59.8 percent of the state to 36.4 percent.
About 28 percent of the state is rated in the normal category, and nearly 72 percent of the state remains abnormally dry.
A cold front will move through the state Friday night ushering in markedly cooler temperatures for the weekend.