GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- We are typically talking about flooding this time of year but the lack of snow this winter has changed the conversation dramatically.
This National Flood Safety Awareness Week, we're talking about an increased threat of spring wildfires.
"We definitely need more water," says Assistant State Climatologist Pete Boulay.
Even though the Twin Cities picked up about a quarter of an inch of rain Sunday night and early Monday, it wasn't enough to counteract our current drought status.
Boulay says, "unfortunately the ground is frozen so we did lose some of that rain, it ran off the ground, it's just like rain falling on pavement."
Minnesota is currently categorized in a moderate to severe drought.
Boulay adds, "we thawed out the top inch or two but below that it's still frozen. So we're soaking in a little bit, but we have to have that frost really leave the ground and get more rain to really make a big difference."
Best case scenario Boulay says, we finish March and April with above average rainfalls. Three to four inches of rain per month would really make some progress in lifting Minnesota's drought status.
Monday's rain and the leap day storm made some decent progress in providing moisture to the topsoil.
It moistened the grass enough to reduce the wildfire risk for the time being and the first couple inches of soil remains moist. But in both cases, additional rain or snow is needed to really combat the issue.
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