Map released: Thurs. December 1, 2022
Data valid: November 29, 2022 at 7 a.m. EST


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


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Midwest Drought Summary

For the week, precipitation accumulations ranged from light to moderate (1 to 4 inches) with the heaviest accumulations observed in western Missouri as well as in isolated areas of central Kentucky and northern Indiana. Additionally, some light-to-moderate snowfall accumulations were observed across portions of Minnesota, northern Wisconsin, and Upper Peninsula Michigan. The heaviest accumulations (6 to 8 inches) were observed in areas near Lake Superior. On the map, precipitation this week led to improvements in Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri, while conditions deteriorated in southern Michigan and northern Illinois where areas of Moderate Drought (D1) expanded. In southern Michigan, numerous streams and rivers were reporting below-normal flows including on the Red Cedar River near Williamston, Michigan (east of Lansing, MI) where current flows are in the 7th percentile, according to USGS. Looking at the regional snow analysis from NOAA NOHRSC, the Northern Great Lakes Region is currently 29.4% snow-covered with an average depth of 1.2 inches and a maximum depth of 18.4 inches. In terms of climatological rankings, the Upper Midwest Climate Region had its 6th driest (-2.25-inch anomaly) September-October period, with Minnesota having its 3rd driest (-2.68-inch anomaly) for the contemporaneous period.

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