Minnesota Drought Situation Report - May 17, 2007

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The landscapes of north central and northeastern Minnesota continue to exhibit the lingering impacts of considerable precipitation deficits accrued during 2006.

Drought Status
The latest U. S. Drought Monitor places north central and northeastern Minnesota in the Severe Drought or Extreme Drought categories. The most intense drought conditions are reported along the Canadian border in all or portions of Lake of the Woods, Koochiching, St. Louis, Lake, and Cook counties. Moderate Drought conditions are reported in portions of northwestern, central, and east central Minnesota. Drought conditions improved across much of central Minnesota during February, March, and early April. However, dry weather over the past four weeks has reversed some of those gains, especially in east central Minnesota. The recent scarcity of precipitation has also initiated an Abnormally Dry depiction for southeastern Minnesota. The U. S. Drought Monitor index is a blend of science and subjectivity where intensity categories are based on several indicators.

Drought Impacts in 2007

Future Prospects
The Climate Prediction Center indicates a tilt towards above-normal precipitation across Minnesota for the last two weeks of May. The outlook for June, as well as the June through August period, shows no tilt towards either above-normal or below-normal precipitation. The precipitation deficits accumulated during the 2006 growing season were so large that drought recovery will require many months of above-normal precipitation, or an extraordinarily heavy short-term episode.

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