Drought Update 9/9/2021

There’s been a little improvement in drought conditions in Minnesota and North Dakota this week, while we’ve seen the drought worsen just a tad in Wisconsin.

  • 5% of Minnesota is in Exceptional Drought, down from 6% last week.
  • 36% of Minnesota is in Extreme Drought, down from 37% last week.
  • 58% of Minnesota is in Severe Drought, down from 65% last week.
  • 85% of Minnesota is in Moderate Drought, down from 88% last week.
  • 94% of Minnesota is Abnormally Dry, down from 96% last week.
  • 4% of Wisconsin is in Severe Drought, up from 1% last week.
  • 21% of Wisconsin is in Moderate Drought, up from 19% last week.
  • 38% of Wisconsin is Abnormally Dry, up from 34% last week.
  • 3% of North Dakota is in Exceptional Drought, down from 5% last week.
  • 58% of North Dakota is in Extreme Drought, down from 64% last week.
  • 94% of North Dakota is in Severe Drought, unchanged from last week.
  • 99% of North Dakota is in Moderate Drought, unchanged from last week.
  • 99% of North Dakota is Abnormally Dry, down from 100% last week.
  • ~1% of the Midwest is in Exceptional Drought, down from 1% last week.
  • 6% of the Midwest is in Extreme Drought, unchanged from last week.
  • 11% of the Midwest is in Severe Drought, down from 12% last week.
  • 23% of the Midwest is in Moderate Drought, down from 24% last week.
  • 36% of the Midwest is Abnormally Dry, down from 38% last week.
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Anywhere from 6 to 12 inches of additional precipitation is needed to end our current drought in northern, northeast and east-central Minnesota, while most of northwest Wisconsin would need an additional 3 to 6 inches of precipitation to end the ongoing drought.

30 day percent of normal precipitation for the period August 10, 2021 – September 8, 2021.

Drier than normal in orange and red colors.
Wetter than normal in green, blue and purple colors.

0-100 cm Soil Moisture as of September 9, 2021

Red and orange areas: Dry (<2% to 10% soil moisture)

Areas in green and blue: Moist

Tim

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