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Drought in
North Dakota
Residents in drought: 134,000

157,000 more in abnormally dry areas.

This is: 20%

of the state’s population,
23% more in abnormally dry areas.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a map that shows the location and intensity of drought across the country. The data is updated each Tuesday and released on Thursday. This map shows the drought conditions on November 13, 2018.

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D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of crops
  • Some lingering water deficits
  • Pastures or crops not fully recovered
33.7% 60.2%
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Some damage to crops, pastures
  • Some water shortages developing
  • Voluntary water-use restrictions requested
26.5% 26.5%
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crop or pasture loss likely
  • Water shortages common
  • Water restrictions imposed
0.0% 0.0%
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Major crop/pasture losses
  • Widespread water shortages or restrictions
0.0% 0.0%
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses
  • Shortages of water creating water emergencies
0.0% 0.0%
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Drought in North Dakota
from 2000 - 2018

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1-D4) in North Dakota lasted 162 weeks beginning on June 4, 2002 and ending on July 5, 2005. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of August 8, 2017 where D4 affected 7.62% of North Dakota land.

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