Drought Update – Nearly 60% of Minnesota is in Extreme Drought

There will be some rain falling across Minnesota over the next few days, so will see what effect it will have on the current drought when next week’s drought monitor is released on September 2nd, but this week’s drought monitor update isn’t good as drought continues to worsen across Minnesota.

Precipitation deficits at Duluth, Minnesota

Month to date: -2.19″ below normal
Since June 1: -5.96″ below normal
Since January 1: -6.71″ below normal

Since January 1, 2020: -16.63″ below normal

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  • 8% of Minnesota is in Exceptional Drought, unchanged from last week
  • 57% of Minnesota is in Extreme Drought, up from 49% last week
  • 87% of Minnesota is in Severe Drought, down from 88% last week
  • 96% of Minnesota is in Moderate Drought, unchanged from last week
  • 98% of Minnesota is Abnormally Dry, unchanged from last week

Drought has worsened a bit across parts of Wisconsin.

  • 2% of Wisconsin is in Severe Drought, unchanged from last week
  • 23% of Wisconsin is in Moderate Drought, up from 18% last week
  • 39% of Wisconsin is Abnormally Dry, up from 36% last week
  • 1% of the Midwest is in Exceptional Drought, unchanged from last week
  • 10% of the Midwest is in Extreme Drought, up from 9% last week
  • 18% of the Midwest is in Severe Drought, down from 19% last week
  • 27% of the Midwest is in Moderate Drought, up from 25% last week
  • 42% of the Midwest is Abnormally Dry, up from 38% last week
  • 13% of North Dakota is in Exceptional Drought, down from 15% last week
  • 73% of North Dakota is in Extreme Drought, down from 74% last week
  • 99% of North Dakota is in Severe Drought, unchanged from last week
  • 100% of North Dakota is in Moderate Drought and is Abnormally Dry, both are unchanged from last week

Tim

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