Recent rains are being welcomed in parts of Minnesota that have been experiencing extremely dry conditions.  Kenny Blumenfeld from the D-N-R State Climatology Office says when you’re in a drought any amount of rain helps:

“This has been a kind of fast-emerging, short-term drought . We were very wet this spring but  June and July just kind ran out of water. So the rainfall we’ve had in the last week certainly didn’t erase the drought altogether, but it certainly helped…seen lawns and some farms  kind of come alive nicely.”

Blumenfeld says drought conditions are improving in areas southwest of the Twin Cities.  The Sibley County area in south-central Minnesota and the southeast metro are still in a “severe” drought.