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Drought picture improves a bit as summer looms

HELENA — May is finishing with a flurry of rain — and even snow in places — that is giving drought watchers hope as the summer season looms.

A dry start to the year turned less grim with rainfall in much of the state, but experts said it is still too early to tell the effects on the summer fire season, agriculture and recreation.

The Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation drought map before much of the recent rain showed dry conditions lingering in southern Montana. Parts of southwestern Montana are hardest hit. Most southwestern Montana counties were ranked in a drought aler...

 

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