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This page contains maps and links to resources to monitor the drought.

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Drought Monitor and Outlooks
The Drought Monitor is released weekly on Thursday (using data as of the previous Tuesday) by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, NOAA, and USDA. For more information, including a discussion of the drought and additional maps, please visit
MN Drought Monitor
WI Drought Monitor


Drought Monitor
Seasonal Outlook
Monthly Outlook
Rain Needed To End Drought



Drought Monitor Categories


Precipitation Trends
The maps below are courtesy the Midwest Regional Climate Center.
7 Day % Normal
14 Day % Normal
30 Day % Normal
90 Day % Normal
Year To Date % Normal


Temperature Trends
The maps below are courtesy the Midwest Regional Climate Center.
7 Depart. Normal
14 Depart. Normal
30 Depart. Normal
90 Depart. Normal
YTD Depart. Normal


Drought Ingredients
The maps below come from the Climate Prediction Center's website. Visit their website for explanations and additional graphics.
Crop Moisture
Palmer Index
NLADS 1M Moisture Percentile
CPC Soil Moisture


Short Term Drought Blend
Short Term Components
Long Term Drought Blend
Long Term Components


VegDri MN
VegDri WI

VegDri: Two variables related to general vegetation conditions – the Percent Average Seasonal Greenness (PASG) and Start of Season Anomaly (SOSA) – are calculated from satellite-based observations and incorporated into the VegDRI. Both variables are calculated from normalized difference vegetation index (NDVI) data acquired by NOAA’s Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR). Climate-related variables incorporated into VegDRI include the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) and the Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI). Information about soils, land cover, land use, and the ecological setting are the types of biophysical data incorporated into VegDRI. This information is critical because the climate-vegetation response can vary depending on these different environmental characteristics. (More information and maps from the VegDri website.)


The maps below come from USGS WaterWatch.
14 Day Streamflow Ranking
14  Day Streamflow to Drought Rating


14 Day Streamflow Ranking
14 Day Streamflow to Drought Rating