Latest Drought Headlines

Minnesota Weather: Dangerous, Smoky Air Could Linger Longer Than Our Current AlertThree fires have the potential to spread into Minnesota, especially with the wind blowing from the north.
The Do's And Don'ts As Air Quality Alert Casts Pall Over MinnesotaWe've already seen the air quality index at the second-most dangerous level. We will see it on and off that level through Tuesday, so there are some activities you may want to avoid.
Drought Forces MN Landscape Arboretum To Prioritize Watering Rarer Plants Over GrassLike much of the state, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is suffering from this summer's drought, and they are having to hustle to keep up with watering demands.
Canadian Wildfire Smoke Prompts Air Quality Alert For Most Of MinnesotaThe agency encourages people who are affected by unhealthy air quality, such as the elderly or those with respiratory or heart conditions, to limit their physical activity.
'Driest I've Ever Seen It': Officials Urge Caution During Unusually Dangerous Fire SeasonThe extreme drought up north has led to the most dangerous fire season in decades.
St. Paul Farmers Market Vendors Endure Dry ConditionsHot and dry conditions are hitting crops hard. Local farmers that sell produce at St. Paul Farmers Market say the unusual season is forcing them to use more irrigation.
Drought Conditions Spell Trouble For Minnesota's TreesWhether they show it or not, all trees are dry right now.
Doctor Warns Poor Air Quality Can Have Deadly Consequences For High-Risk PeopleFine particle levels in northern Minnesota are considered very unhealthy for everyone. Heavy smoke will remain in the area through Wednesday.
As Drought Conditions Persist, Minnesota Cities Announce Water Conservation MeasuresMore than half the state is under severe or extreme drought conditions, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' drought monitor.
With Apple Picking Season Approaching, Drought Could Lead To Limited InventorySeveral Minnesota apple orchards open to the public next month for picking, but the selection on the trees is looking to be slimmer than in past summers due to the drought conditions we're seeing.
Minnesota's Worst Drought In Decade To Likely Impact Produce, Gas PricesIt's been nine years since drought conditions in Minnesota were this bad.
Despite Drought Conditions, TPC Twin Cities Is In Good Shape For 3M OpenAs WCCO found, last week's rainfall will go a long way in keeping the course in good shape.
MN Weather: Rain Falling In Northern MN With A Severe Line Of Storms In The Mixuch-needed rain is falling in northern Minnesota, with some severe weather moving through.
Minneapolis Faces Possible Water Restrictions Amid Drought ConditionsDepartment of Natural Resources officials say Minnesota has now reached the warning phase under the statewide drought plan. As the state grows drier, the city of Minneapolis is urging residents to voluntarily restrict their water usage.
Minnesota In 'Drought Warning' Phase, DNR SaysThe Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says the state has entered a "drought warning" phase, as 52% of the state is experiencing severe drought conditions, and 4% is in an extreme drought.
Minnetrista Residents Embracing Extended Water Restrictions For Public Safety's SakeThe drought has forced several Minnesota towns to impose some form of watering restrictions. But one in particular has been locked into a full-on ban for weeks.
'The Perfect Storm' Causing Minnesota Lake Weeds To Run AmokOn the shores of Lake Minnetonka, there's something lurking underneath the surface that's driving lake lovers crazy, and keeping others busy.
More Closures In BWCAW As Wildfires Burn Across Canadian BorderParts of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness will close Saturday due to wildfires in Canada, the U.S. Forest Service announced Thursday.

Other Minnesota Weather Headlines

Minnesota Weather: Air Quality Alert Extended For Northern Half Of State Until Wednesday EveningThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has extended the current air quality alert for the northern half of the state.
Why Are Weeds Growing So Well In The Drought?As our lawns continue to turn a deeper tan color, some green is sprouting up in our yards and gardens. Weeds seem to have no problem powering through this dry hot summer.
Minnesota Weather: 'Unprecedented' Statewide Air Quality Alert ContinuesMinnesota will stay under an alert for “unprecedented” poor air quality for at least another day, as Canadian wildfire smoke continues to pour into the state.
Minnesota Weather: Dangerous, Smoky Air Could Linger Longer Than Our Current AlertThree fires have the potential to spread into Minnesota, especially with the wind blowing from the north.
Minnesota Weather: Air Quality Alert Extended Due To ‘Unprecedented’ ConditionsThe Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has extended and upgraded the air quality alert in much of the state due to "unprecedented" conditions caused by wildfire smoke.
The Do's And Don'ts As Air Quality Alert Casts Pall Over MinnesotaWe've already seen the air quality index at the second-most dangerous level. We will see it on and off that level through Tuesday, so there are some activities you may want to avoid.
Severe Storms Hit Wisconsin Causing Widespread, 'Unbelievable' DamageSevere storms, including at least three tornadoes, ripped through Wisconsin on Wednesday night, causing significant property and crop damage and leaving thousands without power.
Minnesota Weather: Scent Of Smoke Fills The Air As Wildfire Haze Reduces Air QualitySmoke from wildfires in Canada is descending on Minnesota and will bring hazy skies to the Twin Cities on Thursday.
Minnesota Weather: Severe Thunderstorm Watch Issued For Parts Of Minnesota, WisconsinThe end of this stretch of 90-degree weather is almost here, but first Minnesotans will have to endure sauna-like heat and another evening of severe storms.
Drought Forces MN Landscape Arboretum To Prioritize Watering Rarer Plants Over GrassLike much of the state, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is suffering from this summer's drought, and they are having to hustle to keep up with watering demands.
Canadian Wildfire Smoke Prompts Air Quality Alert For Most Of MinnesotaThe agency encourages people who are affected by unhealthy air quality, such as the elderly or those with respiratory or heart conditions, to limit their physical activity.
Tired Of Minnesota's Streak Of Hot Weather? Here's WhyMany cities in Minnesota started this summer with the longest and most severe heatwave ever so early in the season, and now with July also bringing more heat, it’s not just the extreme temperatures but also the duration of the heat that is starting to get to us.
Minnesota Weather: Heat Advisory For Southern Minnesota; Late Severe Storms PossibleBefore this heat wave breaks, it's going to get steamier in Minnesota and bring more chances for severe storms.
Itchy Eyes? Scratchy Throats? Allergies Likely Not To Blame This SummerMany Minnesotans who spent the weekend outdoors came out of it with itchy eyes and scratchy throats.
Minnesota Weather: After Wild Night Of Severe Weather, Heat And Humid ReturnWCCO Meteorologist Chris Shaffer said law enforcement reported a confirmed tornado about 33 miles north of Bemidji around 5:30 p.m.