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U.S. Drought Monitor - Midwest DEWS

U.S. Drought Monitor - Midwest DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - Midwest DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
3/21/2017
69.77%30.23%18.23%1.58%0.00%0.00%
Last Week
3/14/2017
69.70%30.30%17.67%1.54%0.00%0.00%
Three Months Ago
12/20/2016
59.26%40.74%9.33%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
1/03/2017
72.28%27.72%5.96%0.00%0.00%0.00%
One Year Ago
3/22/2016
98.91%1.09%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Drought Intensities

  •       None: No Drought
  •       D0: Abnormally Dry
  •       D1: Moderate Drought
  •       D2: Severe Drought
  •       D3: Extreme Drought
  •       D4: Exceptional Drought
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Conditions for the week of March 15-21

There were no changes made to Midwestern drought depiction during the period.  Increasingly dry conditions were noted in southern and western portions of the region, which will need rain over the upcoming weeks to prevent a rapid increase in drought coverage and intensity.  The current spell of chilly weather (5-10°F below normal) has largely mitigated the impacts of the recent dryness, with 60-day precipitation averaging 20 to 50 percent of normal across west-central Minnesota (and environs) as well as from southeastern Iowa into southern Illinois and northern Kentucky.

Read more about the Midwest Drought Early Warning System