Areas of wetting to soaking rains have occurred over the past two weeks which have improved conditions over portions of eastern ND and northwest MN. Widespread rainfall of an inch or more occurred along and north of the Highway 200 corridor, from west of Cooperstown ND to near Itasca State Park in northwest MN.
Most of Richland and all of Wilkin counties remain in the abnormally dry condition, which is the lowest of four drought conditions. The western part of Richland County and counties further west are in the moderate drought condition level.
Drought conditions have improved by one category across most of Marshall, Kittson, and Roseau Counties in far northwest MN, and across far western Griggs and Barnes Counties in east-central ND.
One half inch or less was noted across much of the Devils Lake Basin in northeast ND, and from the Fargo-Moorhead area south and eastward into west-central MN. These areas are especially prone to potentialdegradation over the coming weeks.
Abnormally Dry to Extreme Drought conditions are still affecting significant portions of the area with impacts that are likely to persist until longer term and more consistent rainfall patterns develop from late spring into the summer months.
Current drought conditions which initially developed late last summer and fall, and which persisted throughout an abnormally dry winter season, have continued to intensify during what has to date been an abnormally dry and warm spring season. For most of the Red River Basin
north of Fargo-Moorhead this has been the driest 8 month period, Sep-Apr, on records going back to 1885.
According to the June 3rd release of the U.S. Drought Monitor extreme drought (D3) conditions persist across portions of northeast North Dakota including Towner, Benson, Ramsey, Cavalier, Eddy, western Pembina, western Walsh, northwest Grand Forks, and far northwest Griggs Counties; severe drought (D2) conditions extend from far northwest Minnesota into and across the remainder of northeast and east-central ND; moderate drought (D1) conditions also exist over portions of northwest MN and eastern ND which are along and west of a Hallock to Alvarado to Thief River Falls to Fertile to Borup to Oxbow MN to Barney to Hankinson ND line.
Otherwise areas of near normal to abnormally dry (D0) conditions exist across the remainder of northwest and west central MN and far