Map released: Thurs. October 1, 2020
Data valid: September 29, 2020 at 8 a.m. EDT


  • None
  • D0 (Abnormally Dry)
  • D1 (Moderate Drought)
  • D2 (Severe Drought)
  • D3 (Extreme Drought)
  • D4 (Exceptional Drought)
  • No Data


The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.

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Potential Impacts

The state table below highlights common impacts reported in the state. For more impact details, please visit the Drought Impact Reporter.

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D0 Soil moisture is low; pasture and row crops are stressed
Fire danger increases
Weather is good for construction projects
Lake and river levels decline; water temperatures rise
D1 Winter snow events are canceled
River and lake levels are lower than normal
D2 Ground is hard; seed corn is short; feed is expensive; crop yields are low
Fire danger is high; burn permits are required
Landscaping is stressed; leaves change colors early
Bears search for food; trout runs are hampered; fish kills occur
River flow is very low; snowpack is significantly lower; well levels decrease
D3 Corn is harvested early; emergency haying and grazing are authorized
Wildfires are widespread
Surface waters are near record lows
D4 Minnesota has had little or no experience in D4 so no impacts have been recorded at that level in the Drought Impact

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