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USDA report shows Wisconsin had extreme weather throughout 2013

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - You probably didn't need the federal government to tell you this -- but the USDA said Wisconsin had a year full of extreme weather in 2013.  

Farmers endured a severe drought to start the year, followed by a wet spring, a rainy summer -- and finally, another drought.  

In a report issued Wednesday, the USDA said Wisconsin had its fourth-wettest April since 1895, and its 12th-wettest May. That included both rain and snow, as winter dragged itself out.  

It delayed the spring crop planting -- but it also resulted in a record production for maple syrup, as cold nights and warm days kept the sap flowing in the spring. The heaviest rains came in late June, when parts of southern Wisconsin had around a foot of it.  

After that, the state wilted into its 12th driest July in the past 119 years. The southwest half of the state returned to having drought conditions in August.  

They eased up in the fall with more rain, and measurable snows that came a few weeks early in the North.  

The U.S. Drought Monitor said this morning that the western third of Wisconsin remains abnormally dry or worse, along with some central areas.  

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)