Map released: Thurs. February 22, 2024
Data valid: February 20, 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

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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:

Midwest Drought Summary

A few areas received half an inch of precipitation, but most of the Midwest region saw only a couple tenths of an inch. Dry conditions over the last 1 to 6 months prompted the expansion of D0-D2 in Michigan and Wisconsin and D1 in southeast and northeast Minnesota. The lack of snow (“snow drought”) in Minnesota has had a sizable impact on winter recreation. D0 expanded slightly in northwest Iowa. D0 expanded in southern Illinois where the last 1-3 months have been dry, streamflow and water table levels are below normal, and reports of some field fires have been received. In eastern Missouri, D0 and D1 expanded to reflect lowering streams, drying soils, and 3- to 9-month precipitation deficits. Temperatures were 6 to 9 degrees above normal in northern parts of the region this week. The Midwest has experienced unusually warmer-than-normal temperatures during the last 1 to 2 months, with the last month averaging 6 degrees above normal along the Ohio Valley to over 15 degrees above normal in Minnesota. Since this is winter, vegetation is dormant and evapotranspiration is minimal. But in the weeks ahead, if the anomalous warmth persists as the region transitions into spring, evapotranspiration will increase, soils will dry, and the effects of the moisture stress, if rain isn’t sufficient, will need to be reflected in the USDM depiction.

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