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Midwest Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of May 15-21, 2019

The storm systems left western portions of the Midwest wetter than normal, but much of the Ohio Valley to eastern Great Lakes, as well as a strip along northern Minnesota, were drier than normal.  Most of the Midwest has seen prolonged long-term wet conditions, but persistent dryness in northwest Minnesota for the last 7 days to 24 months resulted in the introduction of abnormally dry (D0) conditions. Parts of Kentucky extending into western Tennessee have also been drier than normal for the last 7 days to 2 months.  This area remained free of drought and abnormal dryness this week, but it will be watched for possible D0 if the rains don’t return.
 

U.S. Drought Monitor - Midwest DEWS

U.S. Drought Monitor - Midwest DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - Midwest DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
5/21/2019
100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Last Week
5/14/2019
100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Three Months Ago
2/19/2019
100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
1/01/2019
99.47%0.53%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%
One Year Ago
5/22/2018
77.57%22.43%4.80%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Drought Intensities

  •       None: No Drought
  •       D0: Abnormally Dry
  •       D1: Moderate Drought
  •       D2: Severe Drought
  •       D3: Extreme Drought
  •       D4: Exceptional Drought
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