By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer

According to U.S. Drought Monitor scientists, southeast Alaska’s wettest area has been in extreme drought for two years. The scientists say this is a severe dryness that has never before been registered in the area.

The area includes Ketchikan, Prince of Wales Island, Wrangell and Metlakatla.

The U.S. Drought Monitor designation is the second-highest category it measures and the first time it was recorded in Alaska.

Other Alaska areas in drought have also worsened, say the researchers, and precipitation in the state is significantly less than normal.

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