Abundant rain in May greatly improved Minnesota's drought situation. May rainfall totals to-date have exceeded the historical average in nearly all locations (see maps and table below). The latest U. S. Drought Monitor map reflects the impact of this welcome rainfall. The U. S. Drought Monitor released on Thursday, May 28 places one-quarter of Minnesota's landscape in the Moderate Drought category, a 25 percent improvement from the previous week, and a 67 percent improvement over the early spring.
The Moderate Drought area depicted in east central and southeast Minnesota received a soaking rain on Tuesday, May 26. The rain fell after the Tuesday-morning data deadline utilized by the Drought Monitor authors. Therefore, impacts from that rain event will be evaluated for next Thursday's map.
Lingering drought conditions are the result of a dry 2014 autumn, below average snowfall during the 2014-2015 winter, and a dry early spring.
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