Southern Wisconsin remains in "extreme" drought as of Tuesday, but a lot of rain has fallen since then so the rating may change next week.

Officially in Madison, 1.21 inches fell on Wednesday and 0.63 inches early Thursday morning.

The latest map from the U.S. Drought Monitor issued on Thursday and based on data through Tuesday shows the southern two tiers of counties in Wisconsin in extreme drought, while counties just to the north are in severe drought. A layer of counties north of that are in moderate drought and another layer have abnormally dry conditions.

The drought conditions cover two-thirds of the state, from Chippewa and Oconto counties south to the Illinois state line.

"The 2+ inches of rain from southern Wisconsin to northern Indiana (in the week ended Tuesday) was able to only maintain status quo," according to the National Drought Summary.

In the Midwest, the Drought Monitor shows 87 percent of the nine-state region is in drought or abnormally dry. The states include Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

On Wednesday, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack designated 76 more counties in six states to the drought disaster areas, bringing the total up to 1,369 counties in 31 states.

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