Drought Monitor Map

Drought in Minnesota

Drought is defined as a period of abnormally dry and/or unusually hot weather sufficiently prolonged for the corresponding deficiency of water to cause a serious hydrologic imbalance.

When a serious hydrologic imbalance occurs, soil moisture reserves, groundwater supplies, lake levels and stream flows are negatively impacted. Water-dependent industries including agriculture, public utilities, forestry, and tourism are profoundly affected.

Careful stewardship of Minnesota's water resources is always a good idea. During drought, water resources are particularly stressed and water conservation measures are especially important.

See the latest Drought Conditions Report.


For more information contact: climate@umn.edu