Parts of Minnesota now in a severe drought

Another week of sub-average rainfall and now 31% of the state is considered to be in a severe drought. This is the first time parts of the state have experienced this kind of drought in a couple years. With some parts of northwestern Minnesota recording just 5% of their typical April rainfall, the drought situation across the north is turning from bad to worse. Here is the amount of precipitation compared to average the state has seen statewide in the month of April…


Southeastern Minnesota has actually fared pretty well in the rainfall category this month, but not so much for the north with many spots recording under a quarter inch of water total for the month. The metro is right in between with most areas recording about 75% of average. Because of this, the drought has not expanded in the metro, but certainly has in the northwest. Check out the latest drought monitor.



Now heading into what's typically the wettest period for the state, hopefully we can get some beneficial rains over the next few weeks and reverse this drought as fast as we can.

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