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Drought still here but eases across the state

Long-range forecast predicts more improvement

For the first time in months, Montana has no area listed on the U.S. Drought Monitor as in extreme drought, a possible sign that this part of the state might move out of extreme dry conditions for the fist time in nearly three years.

A patch across the northern part of the state, starting in Hill and Chouteau counties and running through Blaine County, to the North Dakota Border, still is listed as in severe drought, but a patch of the bright red Category D3 Extreme Drought finally has disappeared.

The March 21, 2023, Drought Monitor map was the first since July 13, 2021, that part of at least...


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