BISMARCK, N.D. — Drought conditions have worsened in North Dakota over the past week despite rain showers across the state.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows all of the state being either abnormally dry or in some stage of drought. About 27 percent of the state is in severe drought, up from 13.5 percent last week.

The areas of severe drought are in central and south central North Dakota and the far northwestern corner of the state. The Red River Valley is classified as abnormally dry, along with the far southwestern corner of North Dakota.

The rest of the state is experiencing moderate drought. There are no areas in the “extreme” or “exceptional” drought categories.

The drought conditions are harming crops and also have prompted many ranchers to sell off cattle.

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