U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. May 19, 2022
Data valid: May 17, 2022 at 8 a.m. EDT


  • 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

A large swath of Minnesota received 2 or more inches of rain, with locally up to 5 inches, and 2 inches or more fell over northern parts of Wisconsin and Michigan. Up to half of an inch fell over parts of the other states in the region, but much of Iowa and parts of southern Wisconsin and Illinois received little rain. The rain removed the abnormal dryness that was in northeast Minnesota. Parts of the Ohio Valley have been dry for the last 1 to 2 months, but on-the-ground conditions do not support the introduction of D0 at this time; streamflows, soil moisture, surface water supplies, and vegetation are in good condition, and the dry weather is providing optimal conditions for agricultural interests to work the fields.

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