Despite recent rain, our drought is far from over

This is now officially one of the top ten wettest Augusts on record at MSP Airport. But despite a very wet week in the Twin Cities and other parts of Minnesota, our drought is far from over.

DNR monitoring low water levels amid Minnesota's drought

Part of the reason the Minnehaha Creek is seeing lower than normal water levels is because a dam at Gray’s Bay on Lake Minnetonka, the lake that feeds the stream, was closed on July 21 because water levels on Lake Minnetonka reached a low point:

Drought causes some Minnesota farmers to harvest early

The entire western portion of Minnesota is currently experiencing a extreme or severe drought, in the middle of what has been a very dry summer. Since less than 2% of the state’s farm land is irrigated, farmers who are very reliant on Mother Nature, have been let down.