The map below is based on data released each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The drought monitor combines numeric measures of drought and experts' best judgment into a weekly map. It is produced by the NDMC, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and incorporates review from 300 climatologists, extension agents and others across the nation. Each week the previous map is revised based on rain, snow and other events, observers' reports of how drought is affecting crops, wildlife and other indicators.
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Star Tribune graphic by RAYMOND GRUMNEY
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT MINNESOTA DETAILS, GO TO: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/DM_state.htm?MN,MW
Source: National Drought Mitigation Center, which can be found at: http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/monitor.html