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Drought down, but not defeated

Snowy winter, wet spring have helped, but we're not back to normal

8:13 PM, Jul. 12, 2013
Katie Peters of Rudolph walks carefully between puddles as she carries just-picked strawberries at Stoney Acres Farm north of Athens Wednesday.
Katie Peters of Rudolph walks carefully between puddles as she carries just-picked strawberries at Stoney Acres Farm north of Athens Wednesday.
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Central Wisconsin got a healthy dose of snow over the winter and is off to a wet summer, but all of the precipitation still hasn't been enough to offset the effects of a 10-year drought.

Scott Cultice, a meteorological technician with the National Weather Service at Green Bay, said several factors are taken into account when determining drought conditions for a specific area, including surface water levels, soil moisture and rain gauge readings. At the end of last summer, the entire state still was struggling to hit normal marks in all three.

"If it's just too dry, there's not enough soil ...

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