Map released: Thurs. February 29, 2024
Data valid: February 27, 2024 at 7 a.m. EST

Intensity

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

Authors

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Pacific Islands and Virgin Islands Author(s):

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

Statistics

Statistics type ?
Week Date None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4 DSCI

Estimated Population in Drought Areas:

Current Impacts


To see or report current drought impacts, please visit the Drought Impacts Toolkit, where you can find impacts from media in the Drought Impact Reporter and from citizen scientists and other volunteer observers under Condition Monitoring Observations.

Historic Impacts


No two states have the same experience during a drought. Below are examples of some of the impacts experienced in Minnesota in the past. To view a more complete record, and to filter impacts by drought severity, sector and season, check out the interactive State Impacts Tool.

CategoryExamples of historically observed impacts
D0Fire danger increases
Lake and river levels decline; water temperatures rise
Soil moisture is low; pasture and row crops are stressed
Weather is good for construction projects
D1River and lake levels are lower than normal
Winter snow events are canceled
D2Bears search for food; trout runs are hampered; fish kills occur
Fire danger is high; burn permits are required
Ground is hard; seed corn is short; feed is expensive; crop yields are low
Landscaping is stressed; leaves change colors early
River flow is very low; snowpack is significantly lower; well levels decrease
D3Corn is harvested early; emergency haying and grazing are authorized
Surface waters are near record lows
Wildfires are widespread

How is drought affecting you?

Use the Condition Monitoring Observer Report (CMOR) system to let us know how dry, wet or normal conditions are affecting you, and see what others are saying.

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