9/7/12 – Wisconsin’s drought conditions have gotten worse over the last week, as much of the north is abnormally dry for the first time this year. The U-S Drought Monitor says that almost 89-percent of Wisconsin’s land area is abnormally dry or worse. That’s way up from 49-percent just a week ago. The reason is that abnormally dry conditions now cover the entire northern third of the Badger State except the far northwest. Douglas, Bayfield, Burnett and Washburn are the only counties which are outside the drought area. Half of Ashland County is abnormally dry for the first time, along with the vast majority of Polk, Iron, and Barron counties. The southern half of Wisconsin is in either a moderate-or-severe drought. Dodge County is in both: western Dodge is under a severe drought while the eastern portion is considered moderate. An extreme drought remains unchanged in the southernmost counties. It covers all of Lafayette and Green counties, and parts of Grant, Iowa, Dane, Rock, Walworth, Kenosha, and Racine counties.