Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Twin Cities, MN

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen MN
315 PM CDT Thu Sep 22 2022

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO SLOWLY EXPAND OVER CENTRAL
MINNESOTA AND WESTERN WISCONSIN...

.SYNOPSIS...
There was a slight increase in coverage of Moderate (D1) and Severe
(D2) Drought across the Middle third of the Twin Cities forecast
area. Not much rainfall is expected in the next two weeks, and
temperatures will rebound to above normal, so improvement in the
drought is unlikely in the near future.

.Drought intensity and extent:

Areas of Moderate (D1) and Severe (D2) Drought remained across the
Middle third of the Twin Cities forecast area. The Severe Drought
area encompasses about 11 percent of the Twin Cities forecast area.

.Hydrologic conditions:

Most area rivers are starting to show some signs of impacts from the
long dry spell, especially in the Minnesota River basin and areas
south. Lakes, ponds, and wetlands are also quite low for late
summer.

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

.Agriculture impacts:

Crop conditions in the area are mostly in fair to good shape, with a
majority of crops reported to be in at least fair condition over the
whole region. All crops in Minnesota and Wisconsin are being rated
less than 10 percent poor to very poor.

For soil moisture, 30 to 35 percent of both topsoil and subsoil
moisture conditions are currently being reported as short to very
short in Minnesota, with much better conditions through Wisconsin.

.Hydrologic impacts:

Most area rivers are starting to show some signs of impacts from the
long dry spell, especially in the Minnesota River basin and areas
south. Some access points are becoming affected by low water. Lakes,
ponds, and wetlands are also quite low for late summer.

.Fire hazards:

The fire season has been fairly calm across the area this year, and
the wildfire threat remains low across the region.

.DROUGHT MITIGATION ACTIONS...

The Minnesota DNR is recommending water conservation measures for
areas experiencing severe drought (D2), and have placed the
Minnesota and St. Croix Rivers into the Drought Watch Phase of the
Minnesota Statewide Drought Plan (closely monitoring conditions and
recommending reduced water use).

.LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...

Below normal rainfall is expected over the area for the next one to
two weeks, along with above normal temperatures.

.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated again by September 29th, 2022.

.RELATED WEBSITES...

U.S. Drought Monitor: www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu
Current MN drought Conditions: www.drought.gov/state/minnesota
Current WI drought Conditions: www.drought.gov/state/wisconsin
Climate Prediction Center (CPC): www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov Midwestern
Regional Climate Center: mrcc.isws.illinois.edu
MN Climatology Working Group: climateapps.dnr.state.mn.us/index.htm
WI State Climatology Office: www.aos.wisc.edu/~sco
MN DNR Fire Danger:
www.dnr.state.mn.us/forestry/fire/firerating)restrictions.html
WI DNR Fire Danger: dnr.wi.gov/topic/forestfire/restrictions.asp
NWS Precipitation Data: www.water.weather.gov/ahps/
USGS Hydrologic data: www.water.usgs.gov
USDA crop reports: nass.usda.gov

.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAAs
National Weather Service and National Centers for Environmental
Information, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), state and
regional climatologists, and the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Information for this statement was gathered from NWS and Federal
Aviation Administration (FAA) observation sites, state cooperative
extension services, USACE and USGS.

.CONTACT INFORMATION...

If you have questions or comments about this report please contact:

National Weather Service Twin Cities/Chanhassen
1733 Lake Drive West
Chanhassen, MN 55317
Phone: 952-361-6670
Email: nws.twincities@noaa.gov

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