U.S. Drought Monitor
Most of Minnesota is now officially in drought. Thursday’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that 88 percent of Minnesota is in a moderate drought. That’s a huge jump from just 5 percent last week.
Almost the entire state of Minnesota is abnormally dry, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. More than 98 percent of the state is on the verge of a moderate drought, which is a 20 percent increase from last week. Less than 25 percent of the state was in that range back in October.
This week’s heavy rains have extinguished the last remaining patch of drought in Minnesota. Thursday’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the state completely free of drought and abnormally dry conditions.
The heavy rain and even snow that has covered much of Minnesota for the past several days hasn’t quite made the drought go away. The updated U.S. Drought Monitor map released Thursday shows that the area of Minnesota in drought has shrunk from nearly 19 percent last week to under 8 percent this week.
This week’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that an area of severe drought in central Minnesota has expanded eastward into Wisconsin.
The late-summer drought is deepening in central Minnesota, according to data released Thursday. The new U.S. Drought Monitor map shows that several counties in central Minnesota are now in a severe drought.
As drought conditions return to Minnesota, authorities warned Thursday that the wildfire danger is rising throughout much of the state. A new area of moderate drought is centered on Carlton and northern Pine counties in eastern Minnesota.
For the first time in almost a year, Minnesota is no longer in a severe drought. That’s according to newly-released data from the U.S. Drought Monitor.
This week’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows more improvement in parts of south-central and eastern Minnesota, where areas that had been abnormally dry are now rated normal.
Updated information shows that the drought continues to relax its grip on Minnesota.
The drought has intensified over the past week across broad swaths of Minnesota. Thursday’s update from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that a large portion of Minnesota that had been in a moderate drought is now in a severe drought.
As the nation’s drought deepens, Minnesota is getting drier too. New data from the U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday shows more than half of Minnesota is now rated at least abnormally dry.