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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 https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/
 
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Drought Information Statement
Drought Information Statements are issued when D2/Severe Drought or worse is present. (Check date on statement below.) For other drought statements from other offices, visit drought.gov.

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Duluth MN
349 PM CDT Fri Sep 23 2022

...AREAS OF MODERATE AND SEVERE DROUGHT ACROSS NORTHERN
WISCONSIN...

.SYNOPSIS:

Despite a near normal to wet precipitation summer and early fall
for portions of Northeast Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin,
including a very wet spring over northern Minnesota, precipitation
has consistently missed portions of northwest Wisconsin, leading
to a significant rainfall deficit across Douglas, Bayfield,
Ashland, and Iron Counties. This spring, this area saw just below
normal precipitation, and continued to miss out on summer
rainfall, especially in June which is typically our areas wettest
time of the year. For the meteorological summer period of June
through August, this area was anywhere from 4-10 inches below
normal precipitation with some observers only reporting 5-7 inches
of rain for the entire three month Jun-Jul-Aug period. A swath of
Abnormally Dry (D0) and Moderate Drought (D1) within the U.S.
Drought Monitor covered this region from mid to late July, and
with the September 22, 2022 release of the product, Severe Drought
(D2) has been added to some of the driest areas in Douglas,
Bayfield, and Ashland Counties. While some light rain is in the
forecast, any significant rainfall that would ease drought appears
unlikely in the next 1-2 weeks per Climate Prediction Center
Outlooks.

.SUMMARY OF IMPACTS:

Agriculture: Reports from farmers since late August have detailed
local farms drying up. They have observed streams and creeks on
their property drying up, crop growth ending early or a loss of
crops entirely, and the ground becoming so dry it is cracked. They
report that supplemental feeding and extra hauling of water is
required to maintain livestock condition. Fish normally in the
streams on their property are dying as waterways have dried up.
Lack of rain caused calves to not grow as they should. Very dry
ground caused erosion and excess dust as cattle moved around.
Farmers have sent pictures of cracks in the ground of several
inches in width, large enough for an adult to reach nearly their
entire arm into the ground. Any rain has been too infrequent or
not enough at one time to provide much benefit.

River and Streamflow Impacts: Low water levels are occurring at
most gauges over this region, with the USGS reporting below and
much below normal streamflow conditions on the Nemadji, Bois
Brule, White, and Bad Rivers with several gauges dropping to than
the 10th percentile of streamflows throughout the late summer and
early fall. Negative biological impacts are possible due to low
water levels.

.LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK:

Drought conditions will likely persist over this area, with only
light precipitation forecasted in the near term, and dry
conditions more likely per extended outlooks.

.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE:

This product will be updated Friday October 21 or sooner if
drought conditions change significantly.

.RELATED WEB SITES:

Additional information on current drought conditions may be found
at the following web addresses:
US Drought Monitor: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu
US Drought Information System: https://www.drought.gov
NOAA Drought Page: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Drought
Midwest Regional Climate Center: https://mrcc.illinois.edu
Minnesota State Climate Office:
https://climateapps.dnr.state.mn.us/

Additional water and river information:
NWS: https://water.weather.gov
OWP: https://water.noaa.gov
US Geological Survey (USGS): https://water.usgs.gov
US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): https://www.usace.army.mil

.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:

The Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving the
National Weather Service and National Centers for Environmental
Information, the USDA, state and regional center climatologists
and the National Drought Mitigation Center. Information for this
statement has been gathered from NWS and FAA observation sites,
state cooperative extension services, the USDA, USACE and USGS.

.CONTACT INFORMATION:

If you have questions or comments about this Drought Information
Statement, please contact:

National Weather Service
5027 Miller Trunk Highway
Duluth MN 55811
Phone...218-729-6697
nws.duluth@noaa.gov

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