The DNR says this is the “worst drought we’ve had since 1988”. Dry and hot conditions continue with little to no rainfall predicted in the near future. 52% of our state is in severe or extreme drought. Water levels are low, including the Mississippi River which supplies drinking water for much of the state. This adds to continued stress on crops and threat of wildfires.
According to the DNR, Minnesota would need three to five inches of rain over a period of two weeks for significant drought relief. Multiple rainfall events rather than a single heavy rainfall would be better for the soil.