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Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Michigan

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country. This map shows drought conditions across Michigan 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.

The following state-specific drought impacts were compiled by the National Drought Mitigation Center. While these impacts are not exhaustive, they can help provide a clearer picture of drought in Michigan.

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Grass fires increase
  • Lawns are brown; landscape and gardens are watered more frequently
31.4
of MI
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Most crops and vegetation are stressed; farmed Christmas trees are stressed
  • Well levels decline
5.8
of MI
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Corn and soybean yields are low
  • Mature trees are stressed
  • Streamflow is extremely low, potentially too low to irrigate
1.1
of MI
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Fire danger is extreme; buildings are destroyed, and people are evacuated
  • Crop yields are down; irrigation costs rise
  • Power plants operate at reduced capacity or temporarily close
0
of MI
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Michigan has experienced little or no exceptional (D4) drought, so there are no D4-level drought impacts recorded in the Drought Impact Reporter.
0
of MI
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Grass fires increase
  • Lawns are brown; landscape and gardens are watered more frequently
56.0
of MI
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Most crops and vegetation are stressed; farmed Christmas trees are stressed
  • Well levels decline
13.4
of MI
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Corn and soybean yields are low
  • Mature trees are stressed
  • Streamflow is extremely low, potentially too low to irrigate
1.1
of MI
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Fire danger is extreme; buildings are destroyed, and people are evacuated
  • Crop yields are down; irrigation costs rise
  • Power plants operate at reduced capacity or temporarily close
0
of MI
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Michigan has experienced little or no exceptional (D4) drought, so there are no D4-level drought impacts recorded in the Drought Impact Reporter.
0
of MI
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Grass fires increase
  • Lawns are brown; landscape and gardens are watered more frequently
92.7
of MI
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Most crops and vegetation are stressed; farmed Christmas trees are stressed
  • Well levels decline
69.9
of MI
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Corn and soybean yields are low
  • Mature trees are stressed
  • Streamflow is extremely low, potentially too low to irrigate
22.1
of MI
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Fire danger is extreme; buildings are destroyed, and people are evacuated
  • Crop yields are down; irrigation costs rise
  • Power plants operate at reduced capacity or temporarily close
0
of MI
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Michigan has experienced little or no exceptional (D4) drought, so there are no D4-level drought impacts recorded in the Drought Impact Reporter.
0
of MI
310,672
people in Michigan are affected by drought
0
counties with USDA disaster designations
10th
wettest June was in 2021, over the past 127 years
28th
driest year to date was in 2021, over the past 127 years

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Summary

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Drought in Michigan from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1-D4) in Michigan lasted 113 weeks beginning on August 26, 2008, and ending on October 19, 2010. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of August 28, 2007, where D3 affected 17.06% of Michigan land.

    The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a national map released every Thursday, showing parts of the U.S. that are currently 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.

    The Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) is an index to characterize meteorological drought on a range of timescales, ranging from 1 to 72 months. The SPI is the number of standard deviations that observed cumulative precipitation deviates from the climatological average. NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information produce the 9-month SPI values below on a monthly basis, going back to 1895. Learn more.

    Tree-rings are used to extend the instrumental record of drought to over 2,000 years. The Living Blended Drought Product (LBDP) is a recalibrated data series of June-July-August Palmer Modified Drought Index (PMDI) values in the lower 48 U.S. states. This dataset blends tree-ring reconstructions and instrumental data to estimate the average summer PMDI values, which extend over 2,000 years in some parts of the U.S. Learn more.