Latest Drought Headlines

How Do Water Towers Work?As cities ask homeowners to conserve water, it's bringing up questions about how we get our water in the first place.
'Never Let It Run Out Of Water': Many Christmas Trees Drier Than Normal Due To Drought“When the tree’s really dry, the branches are essentially fine fuels, so the whole tree can go up in a time frame of maybe 30 seconds,” SPFD Capt. Roy Mokosso said.
Gov. Walz Temporarily Eases Trucking Regulations To Help Livestock Producers Impacted By DroughtGov. Tim Walz signed an executive order Wednesday to support livestock producers hurting for lack of feeding following this year's historic drought.
'We Are Pleasantly Surprised': Minnesota's Corn, Soybean Yields Better Than ExpectedThe U.S. Department of Agriculture said more than 90% of soybeans and about 65% of corn has been harvested.
Minnesota Drought: Sprinkling Restrictions Lifted In MinneapolisWater restrictions in the city of Lakes have been lifted.
DNR Proposes $13.3 Million Plan To Address Drought ImpactsAfter a summer of record drought, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday a $13.3 million proposal to address the drought's impact on local water resources and trees.
Minnesota Farmers 'Pleasantly Surprised' By Strong Crop Yields Despite DroughtThat was a bad year for Minnesota farmers and many have been anticipating a challenging harvest season. But that’s not necessarily the case.
Gov. Walz Announces Drought Relief Package For Farmers, Livestock ProducersGov. Tim Walz announced Friday a $10 million drought relief package for farmers and livestock producers affected by this year’s historic drought.
Watering Restrictions End In St. Paul, 10 Surrounding SuburbsSt. Paul Regional Water Services says it will be lifting watering restrictions on Friday, as Minnesota's record drought is finally waning due to the rainfall of the past few weeks and the cooler fall temperatures.
'Farming Is A Gamble': Some Minnesota Pumpkin, Apple Farms Seeing Smaller Yields Amid DroughtA popular fall activity might not look the same thanks to the state’s record drought.
Minnesota Weather: Drought Conditions Ease In First Days Of FallWCCO director of meteorology Mike Augustyniak says that a combination of recent rain and cooler temperatures are the cause for the downgrades. At this point, about one quarter of the state is still considered to be under extreme drought.
Minnesota Weather: Drought Conditions Holding In Place As State Moves Into FallThe latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor show that in the last week the state's areas of moderate and severe drought conditions across central and southern Minnesota remained much the same as they were when last week's report was issued.
Burning Restrictions To Be Lifted In Much Of Northern Minnesota OvernightWith recent rains, a number of areas in Minnesota will lift their burning restrictions overnight. However, the Minnesota DNR said that the northeastern tip of Minnesota would remain under Class III burning restrictions.
Minnesota Weather: Drought Easing In Central, Southern MinnesotaThe latest data from the U.S. Drought Monitor show that in the last week the state saw a gradual easing of moderate and severe drought conditions across central and southern Minnesota. About 85% of the state is at least experiencing moderate drought, that's down from nearly 89% last week.
Minnesota Sees Significant Reductions In Extreme, Severe Drought ConditionsThe rain that's fallen across parts of the state over the last few weeks is finally showing a positive impact on the state's drought forecast. The latest figures show that just 65% of the state is still listed under severe drought conditions, a 23% reduction in just the last week.
Drought In Minnesota: Extreme Drought Expanded 8% In The Last WeekThough many parts of the state have seen some raindrops in recent days, the drought that's already one of the worst in Minnesota's history isn't letting up. The latest figures show that 88% of the state is still listed under severe drought conditions, and all but 3% of the state is under at least a moderate drought.
How Can We Save Our Lawns This Fall?Fall is usually a great time to prep your lawns for next spring. The only problem is we're weathering a historic drought.
How Is The Drought Impacting Trees?For some trees in Minnesota, it's starting to look like fall.

Other Minnesota Weather Headlines

Good Question: How Do Trees Know When To Bloom?“When they get what they need, they'll leaf out and they'll bloom,” said expert Val Cervenka.
April Cold, May Storms Set Farmers In Western Minnesota Back WeeksJohnson is best known for his Millennial Farmer videos on YouTube, but his latest installment will be about how hard his farm has been hit -- not just by wind, but also by rain. Between May 9 and May 15, that area of the state got anywhere from 5 to 10 inches of rain.
Northeastern Minnesota Braces For Record FloodingNear Voyageurs National Park, most docks are under water at area lakes and some 200 homes and resorts are at risk.
Next Weather: Warm And Windy Monday, With Increased Fire DangerWe'll kick off the work week with another warm and breezy day.
Rising River Levels Forcing Road, Trail Closures In Twin Cities “When you start talking about historic bridges and stuff being damaged, you can kind of get an idea that it’s more of a significant event than something we normally see," said NWS Meteorologist Brent Hewett.
NWS Issues Flood Warnings After Week's Heavy RainFollowing days of severe weather and substantial rainfall levels, the National Weather Service has issued flood warnings for several areas in Minnesota.
Water Street In St. Paul To Temporarily Close Starting Monday In Anticipation Of Mississippi River FloodingA road near the Mississippi River will temporarily close in anticipation of flooding in the area.
Next Weather: Breezy, Cooler Saturday After Days Of Severe WeatherTemperatures on Saturday will top out in the mid-70s, which is above average for this time of year but still cooler than the last few days.
Rivers Along North Shore Overflowing After Large RainfallOfficials say that the rivers on the North Shore along Lake Superior are overflowing following significant rainfall totals amid the spring snowmelt season.
4 Storm Chasers Have Died In Last 2 WeeksMartha Llanos Rodriguez of Mexico City died Wednesday when a semitrailer plowed into her vehicle from behind on Interstate 90 in southwestern Minnesota.
Firefighter Killed In Blomkest During 2nd Night Of Dangerous StormsThe National Weather Service says a grain bin fell on a car just before 7 p.m. Thursday in Blomkest in Kandiyohi County, killing a passenger inside.
Next Weather: After Destructive Storms, Friday Ushers In Calm StretchAfter a second-straight night of destructive weather, Minnesota will enjoy several days of peace.
Metro Homeowners With Storm Damage And Debris Struggle To Find HelpHomeowners cleaning up storm damage in their yards across the Twin Cities are having a hard time finding professional help.
Thousands Still Without Power As Minnesota Braces For Another StormAt the height of Wednesday evening's storm, Xcel Energy said there were 200,000 customers without power.
Severe Weather Suspends Twins Game, With Astros Leading 5-1The teams will pick up Thursday afternoon where they left off and play the last six innings, before staging the series finale at Target Field about a half-hour after the first game concludes.