The U. S. Drought Monitoron May 7, 2015 places northwest and north central Minnesota in the Severe Drought category. Over 90 percent of Minnesota's landscape is depicted as undergoing Severe Drought or Moderate Drought. Drought conditions are the result of a dry 2014 autumn, below average snowfall during the 2014-2015 winter, and a dry spring. Precipitation totals since October 1st are three to six inches below normal for much of Minnesota. (see maps and table link below).
Stream discharge values along many of Minnesota's major rivers are below the historical median due to the lack of spring snowmelt runoff and spring rains. Water levels on many ponds, wetlands, and lakes are also much lower than average due to the limited spring recharge thus far this season. Numerous wildfires have occurred this spring. High winds and a dry landscape produced many reports of blowing soil.
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