Bryce Anderson DTN Ag Meteorologist and DTN Analyst
Mon Mar 23, 2015 09:26 AM CDT

OMAHA (DTN) -- Similarities in dry conditions over the northern Midwest to the drought year 2012 are significant enough to have forecasters in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Central Climate Region keeping a very close watch over temperature and precipitation patterns this spring.

"The seasonal drought forecast calls for drought to intensify over the north Corn Belt," said Wendy Ryan, Colorado assistant state climatologist, during a conference call this week. "We had very little snow over the winter in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and the upper peninsula of Michigan."

As a result, the entire state of Minnesota, along with portions ...

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