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Drought Conditions for Hennepin County

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1,147,064

people in Hennepin County are affected by drought

same
No change
since last week
same
0.5%
since last month
99.5%

of people in Hennepin County are affected by drought

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No change
since last week
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No change
since last month
34th

driest September was in 2021, over the past 127 years

same
1.29
same
inches from normal
14th

driest year to date in 127 years occured in 2021

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4.9
same
inches from normal
Current Conditions for Hennepin County

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country using a five-category system, from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to Exceptional Drought (D4). The USDM is a joint effort of the National Drought Mitigation Center, USDA, and NOAA. Learn more.

This map shows the departure from normal temperature over the past 30 days, compared to usual conditions for the same time period averaged since 1980.

This map uses the gridMET and PRISM temperature datasets, and temperature data are updated daily, with a delay of 3 to 4 days. Learn more.

This map shows the percent of normal precipitation for the past 30 days, compared to the usual conditions for the same time period averaged since 1980.

This map uses the gridMET and NLDAS precipitation datasets, and precipitation data are updated daily, with a delay of 3 to 4 days. Learn more.

D0 - Abnormally Dry

  • Soil moisture is low; pasture and row crops are stressed
  • Fire danger increases
  • Lake and river levels decline; water temperatures rise

0
of Hennepin County
(D0-D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought

  • Winter snow events are canceled
  • River and lake levels are lower than normal

0
of Hennepin County
(D1-D4)
D2 - Severe Drought

  • Ground is hard; seed corn is short; feed is expensive; crop yields are low
  • Fire danger is high; burn permits are required
  • River flow is very low; snowpack is significantly lower; well levels decrease

0
of Hennepin County
(D2-D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought

  • Corn is harvested early; emergency haying and grazing are authorized
  • Wildfires are widespread
  • Surface waters are near record lows

0
of Hennepin County
(D3-D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought

  • Minnesota has experienced little or no exceptional (D4) drought, so there are no D4-level drought impacts recorded in the Drought Impact Reporter.

0
of Hennepin County
(D4)

Departure from Normal Temperature (°F)

The color with the hex code #0404ff identifies:
≤ -8
The color with the hex code #2166ac identifies:
-6
The color with the hex code #4393c3 identifies:
-4
The color with the hex code #92c5de identifies:
-3
The color with the hex code #d1e5f0 identifies:
-1
The color with the hex code #ffffff identifies:
0

The color with the hex code #fddbc7 identifies:
1
The color with the hex code #f4a582 identifies:
3
The color with the hex code #d6604d identifies:
4
The color with the hex code #b2182b identifies:
6
The color with the hex code #800000 identifies:
8

Percent of Normal Precipitation (%)

The color with the hex code #8c510a identifies:
0% - 25%
The color with the hex code #bf812d identifies:
25% - 50%
The color with the hex code #dfc27d identifies:
50% - 75%
The color with the hex code #f6e8c3 identifies:
75% - 100%

The color with the hex code #c7eae5 identifies:
100% - 150%
The color with the hex code #80cdc1 identifies:
150% - 200%
The color with the hex code #35978f identifies:
200% - 300%
The color with the hex code #01665e identifies:
≥ 300%

Short-Term Drought Indicator Blend

These experimental drought blends integrate several key drought monitoring products and indices into a single short-term or long-term product, based on the methodology developed at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center. The blends are created using the Climate Engine tool, and apply the CPC weighting ratios to the high-resolution gridMET gridded research dataset. The data is updated daily, with a delay of 2 to 3 days to allow for data collection and quality control.

The long-term blend combines PDSI, Z-Index, and 6-month, 1-year, 2-year, and 5-year SPI to estimate the overall long-term drought. Please refer to the product documentation for more information. This product is an example of current NIDIS-funded research.

This data is updated every 5 days, with a delay of 4 to 5 days to allow for data collection and quality control.

D4 D3 D2 D1 D0  
0-2 2-5 5-10 10-20 20-30 30-70
W0 W1 W2 W3 W4
70-80 80-90 90-95 95-98 98-100

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Long-Term Drought Indicator Blend

These experimental drought blends integrate several key drought monitoring products and indices into a single short-term or long-term product, based on the methodology developed at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center. The blends are created using the Climate Engine tool, and apply the CPC weighting ratios to the high-resolution gridMET gridded research dataset. The data is updated daily, with a delay of 2 to 3 days to allow for data collection and quality control.

The long-term blend combines PDSI, Z-Index, and 6-month, 1-year, 2-year, and 5-year SPI to estimate the overall long-term drought. Please refer to the product documentation for more information. This product is an example of current NIDIS-funded research.

This data is updated every 5 days, with a delay of 4 to 5 days to allow for data collection and quality control.

D4 D3 D2 D1 D0  
0-2 2-5 5-10 10-20 20-30 30-70
W0 W1 W2 W3 W4
70-80 80-90 90-95 95-98 98-100

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Agriculture in Hennepin County

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture, including agricultural commodities statistics for crops and livestock. This map displays crops and livestock by county alongside the current U.S. Drought Monitor. The size of each dot represents the total acres (crops) or total inventory (livestock) per county. Learn more.

Crop Production (Acres)

A circle with the radius of 20 pixels identifies:
> 500,000
A circle with the radius of 16 pixels identifies:
> 300,000
A circle with the radius of 12 pixels identifies:
> 100,000
A circle with the radius of 8 pixels identifies:
≤ 100,000

Crop Production (Acres)

A circle with the radius of 20 pixels identifies:
> 500,000
A circle with the radius of 16 pixels identifies:
> 300,000
A circle with the radius of 12 pixels identifies:
> 100,000
A circle with the radius of 8 pixels identifies:
≤ 100,000

Crop Production (Acres)

A circle with the radius of 20 pixels identifies:
> 500,000
A circle with the radius of 16 pixels identifies:
> 300,000
A circle with the radius of 12 pixels identifies:
> 100,000
A circle with the radius of 8 pixels identifies:
≤ 100,000

Livestock Count

A circle with the radius of 20 pixels identifies:
> 500,000
A circle with the radius of 16 pixels identifies:
> 300,000
A circle with the radius of 12 pixels identifies:
> 100,000
A circle with the radius of 8 pixels identifies:
≤ 100,000

Livestock Count

A circle with the radius of 20 pixels identifies:
> 500,000
A circle with the radius of 16 pixels identifies:
> 300,000
A circle with the radius of 12 pixels identifies:
> 100,000
A circle with the radius of 8 pixels identifies:
≤ 100,000

U.S. Drought Monitor

The color with the hex code #ffff00 identifies:
D0 - Abnormally Dry
The color with the hex code #ffcc99 identifies:
D1 - Moderate Drought
The color with the hex code #ff6600 identifies:
D2 - Severe Drought
The color with the hex code #ff0000 identifies:
D3 - Extreme Drought
The color with the hex code #660000 identifies:
D4 - Exceptional Drought
14,765
acres of soybean in Hennepin County
11,342
acres of corn in Hennepin County
5,696
acres of hay in Hennepin County
1,946
number of cattle in Hennepin County
332
number of sheep in Hennepin County
Water Supply in Hennepin County

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) produces maps of real-time streamflow conditions compared to historical conditions. The map depicts streamflow conditions as computed at USGS streamgages. The colors represent real-time streamflow compared to percentiles of historical daily streamflow for the day of the year. Click on a streamgage to view more data for that location. Learn more.

The National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) produces precipitation outlooks for the U.S., including 6–10 day, 8–14 day, monthly, and seasonal outlooks. This 1-month outlook depicts whether there is a greater chance for above-normal, below-normal, or near-normal precipitation conditions in this region. Learn more.

Streamflow Conditions

The color with the hex code #ff0000 identifies:
Low
The color with the hex code #b12121 identifies:
Much Below Normal
The color with the hex code #ffa400 identifies:
Below Normal
The color with the hex code #00ff00 identifies:
Normal
The color with the hex code #40dfd0 identifies:
Above Normal
The color with the hex code #0000ff identifies:
Much Above Normal
The color with the hex code #000000 identifies:
High
The color with the hex code #FFFFFF identifies:
Not Ranked

U.S. Drought Monitor

The color with the hex code #ffff00 identifies:
D0
The color with the hex code #ffcc99 identifies:
D1
The color with the hex code #ff6600 identifies:
D2
The color with the hex code #ff0000 identifies:
D3
The color with the hex code #660000 identifies:
D4

Probability of Below-Normal Precipitation

The color with the hex code #f0d493 identifies:
> 33%
The color with the hex code #d8a750 identifies:
> 40%
The color with the hex code #bb6d33 identifies:
> 50%
The color with the hex code #9b5031 identifies:
> 60%
The color with the hex code #934639 identifies:
> 70%
The color with the hex code #804000 identifies:
> 80%
The color with the hex code #4f2f2f identifies:
> 90%

Probability of Above-Normal Precipitation

The color with the hex code #b3d9ab identifies:
> 33%
The color with the hex code #94cd7e identifies:
> 40%
The color with the hex code #48ae38 identifies:
> 50%
The color with the hex code #3a7b5f identifies:
> 60%
The color with the hex code #008e40 identifies:
> 70%
The color with the hex code #28553d identifies:
> 80%
The color with the hex code #285517 identifies:
> 90%
29
percent of streamflow sites that are below normal in Minnesota
18
percent of streamflow sites that are above normal in Minnesota
0
percent area of Minnesota with above normal precipitation probability
100
percent area of Minnesota with below normal precipitation probability
Public Health in Hennepin County

This map shows the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Social Vulnerability Index alongside current U.S. Drought Monitor drought designations. CDC's Social Vulnerability Index uses 15 U.S. census variables at tract level (including poverty, lack of vehicle access, and crowded housing) to help local officials identify communities that may need support in preparing for or recovering from hazards, like drought. Learn more.

This map shows active National Weather Service (NWS) Excessive Heat Watches, Heat Advisories, and Excessive Heat Warnings alongside the current U.S. Drought Monitor.

Social Vulnerability Index (SVI)

The color with the hex code #265C9E identifies:
0.7501 - 1 | Highest Vulnerability
The color with the hex code #42ABB6 identifies:
0.5001 - 0.75
The color with the hex code #96C9A7 identifies:
0.2501 - 0.5
The color with the hex code #EBEBBE identifies:
0 - 0.25 | Lowest Vulnerability
The color with the hex code #909090 identifies:
Data Unavailable

U.S. Drought Monitor

The color with the hex code #ffff00 identifies:
D0
The color with the hex code #ffcc99 identifies:
D1
The color with the hex code #ff6600 identifies:
D2
The color with the hex code #ff0000 identifies:
D3
The color with the hex code #660000 identifies:
D4

National Weather Service Heat Warnings

The color with the hex code #6e3a9a identifies:
Excessive Heat Warning
The color with the hex code #b64e6d identifies:
Heat Advisory
The color with the hex code #36185e identifies:
Excessive Heat Watch

U.S. Drought Monitor

The color with the hex code #ffff00 identifies:
D0
The color with the hex code #ffcc99 identifies:
D1
The color with the hex code #ff6600 identifies:
D2
The color with the hex code #ff0000 identifies:
D3
The color with the hex code #660000 identifies:
D4
0.31
Social Vulnerability Index Score
No
Heat Warning issued by the National Weather Service
No
Air Quality Warning issued by the National Weather Service
No Wildfire
in Hennepin
Future Conditions for Hennepin County

Evaporative Demand (EDDI) Forecast

The Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) is an experimental drought monitoring and early warning guidance tool. It examines how anomalous the atmospheric evaporative demand (E0; also known as "the thirst of the atmosphere") is for a given location and across a time period of interest. This experimental subseasonal EDDI forecast shows projected evaporative demand for the next 2 weeks and 4 weeks from the CFS-gridMET dataset at 4-km gridded resolution. Learn more.

ED4 ED3 ED2 ED1 ED0         EW0 EW1 EW2 EW3 EW4
100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 30% 20% 10% 5% 2%
 
 

U.S. Drought Outlooks

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center's Monthly Drought Outlook is issued at the end of each calendar month and is valid for the upcoming month. The Outlook predicts whether drought will persist, develop, or improve over the next 30 days or so. Learn more.

The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center's Seasonal Drought Outlook is issued on the third Thursday of each month. The Outlook predicts whether drought will persist, develop, or improve over the next three months or so. Learn more.

The color with the hex code #9B634A identifies:
Drought persists
The color with the hex code #DED2BC identifies:
Drought remains but improves
The color with the hex code #B2AD69 identifies:
Drought removal likely
The color with the hex code #FFDE63 identifies:
Drought development likely
The color with the hex code #FFFFFF identifies:
No drought present

Historical Conditions for Hennepin County

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a national map released every Thursday, showing parts of the U.S. that are in drought. The USDM relies on drought experts to synthesize the best available data and work with local observers to interpret the information. The USDM also incorporates ground truthing and information about how drought is affecting people, via a network of more than 450 observers across the country, including state climatologists, National Weather Service staff, Extension agents, and hydrologists. Learn more.

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