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Current Conditions for Minnesota

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 Minnesota 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 Minnesota. 

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Soil moisture is low; pasture and row crops are stressed
  • Fire danger increases
  • Lake and river levels decline; water temperatures rise
2.9
of MN
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Winter snow events are canceled
  • River and lake levels are lower than normal
0.0
of MN
(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
0.0
of MN
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Corn is harvested early; emergency haying and grazing are authorized
  • Wildfires are widespread
  • Surface waters are near record lows
0.0
of MN
(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.
0.0
of MN
(D4)
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Soil moisture is low; pasture and row crops are stressed
  • Fire danger increases
  • Lake and river levels decline; water temperatures rise
2.9
of MN
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Winter snow events are canceled
  • River and lake levels are lower than normal
0.0
of MN
(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
0.0
of MN
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Corn is harvested early; emergency haying and grazing are authorized
  • Wildfires are widespread
  • Surface waters are near record lows
0.0
of MN
(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.
0.0
of MN
(D4)
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Soil moisture is low; pasture and row crops are stressed
  • Fire danger increases
  • Lake and river levels decline; water temperatures rise
12.2
of MN
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Winter snow events are canceled
  • River and lake levels are lower than normal
0.1
of MN
(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
0.0
of MN
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Corn is harvested early; emergency haying and grazing are authorized
  • Wildfires are widespread
  • Surface waters are near record lows
0.0
of MN
(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.
0.0
of MN
(D4)
0
people in Minnesota are affected by drought
0
counties with USDA disaster designations
7th
wettest April was in 2022, over the past 128 years
24th
wettest year to date was in 2022, over the past 128 years

Explore Drought Conditions by City and County

Summary

View up-to-date drought conditions down to the city and county level, including temperature, and precipitation conditions, key drought indicators, outlooks, historical conditions, and water supply, agriculture, and public health maps.

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Drought in Minnesota from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1–D4) in Minnesota lasted 146 weeks beginning on August 30, 2011, and ending on June 10, 2014. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of August 17, 2021, where D4 affected 8.07% of Minnesota land.

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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