(Bismarck, ND) -- Drought conditions are expanding in North Dakota.
The newly-released U.S. Drought Monitor report shows drought conditions in nearly one-fifth of the state are severe. Another 75-percent of the state is in moderate drought and the rest of the state is considered abnormally dry.
Meteorologists say above-normal temperatures and a lack of precipitation are the main contributing factors in the Northern Plains.
The Central Plains and most of the western half of the U.S. are also experiencing drought conditions.