Drought Conditions (updated June 18, 2013)
The U. S. Drought Monitor, released on June 13 places a small portion of southwest Minnesota in the Severe Drought category (map at right). Only one percent of Minnesota's landscape is now in Severe Drought, a substantial improvement over early April when 67 percent of Minnesota was experiencing Extreme Drought or Severe Drought. The maximum geographic extent of the recent drought was from late autumn 2012 through mid-winter when 83 percent of the state was rated in the Extreme Drought or Severe Drought categories.
Subsoil moisture across seven percent of Minnesota's landscape is said to be Short or Very Short. Only two percent of recent reports indicate Short topsoil moisture.
Minnesota's drought situation is the result of abnormally dry weather beginning in Autumn 2011. In some communities, the long-term dry spell was interrupted by wet weather in Spring 2012, only to have Summer and Fall 2012 precipitation shortfalls and heat downgrade the situation yet again.
Latest Precipitation Data:
- Daily Radar-based Precipitation Estimates for Previous Seven Days
- Weekly Precipitation Maps (prepared Tuesdays by 2:00 PM)
- Weekly Snow Depth Maps (prepared Thursdays by 2:00 PM)
- Weekly Temperature and Precipitation Table (prepared Monday by Noon)
- Daily Precipitation Tables and Maps
Sector Information Resources:
Additional Drought Information:
- DNR Drought Information Resources
- Drought Summary from National Weather Service Forecast Office - Grand Forks
- Drought Summary from National Weather Service Forecast Office - La Crosse
- Drought Summary from National Weather Service Forecast Office - Sioux Falls
- Drought Summary from National Weather Service Forecast Office - Chanhassen
- An Interpretation of the Origins of the 2012 Central Great Plains Drought (NOAA Drought Task Force)