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Snow-covered farm fields are shown Thursday south of Willmar. It would take a lot of snow to make up for the lack of moisture in 2012, but a prominent meteorologist speaking this week in North Dakota says the Northern Plains likely will see more rain this spring and early summer than it did in the same period last year. (Tribune photo by Ron Adams)

Better growing season ahead? More precip expected in 2013

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DEVILS LAKE, N.D. — The Northern Plains likely will see more rain this spring and early summer than it did in the same period last year, according to a prominent meteorologist.

But the additional precipitation may not be enough to lift the region out of drought, said Drew Lerner, who’s based in the Kansas City area.

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