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Much of Wisconsin finishes driest August in 5 years

A dry river bed because of drought conditions.
A dry river bed because of drought conditions.

LA CROSSE, WI (WTAQ) - Much of Wisconsin just completed its driest August in at least five years.

The National Weather Service said La Crosse had just over one-inch of rain last month – 3.25 inches below normal.

It was the 8th-driest August on record in La Crosse, and the driest since 2008 when just seven-tenths-of-an-inch fell.

La Crosse’s driest August occurred in 1893, when the city only had about a-third of an inch.

In general, Wisconsin has had an extremely dry two-month period. As a result, drought conditions have returned to the northwest two-thirds of the Badger State.

The National Weather Service has no mention of rain in its statewide forecast until at least Saturday, when there’s a chance of precipitation. 

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