Editor's Note: Abnormal dryness is generally considered pre- or post-drought conditions but are not defined as drought.
Abnormal dryness and pockets of moderate drought may have developed in Minnesota and the Dakotas, but don’t sound the alarms just yet.
According to the latest Drought Monitor report, 53 percent of Minnesota, 14 percent of North Dakota and 16 percent of South Dakota are currently experience abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.
In total, just 30,000 people in these states are living in what forecasters consider “drought,” compared to 5.13 million in 2012 and 6.78 million in 2012. Click here to read more from the Drought Monitor.
The drought along the northern tier of the Corn Belt isn’t indicative of long-term drought concerns. Forecasters expect it to be short-term, and with the exception of the extreme northeastern corner of South Dakota, these areas of dryness should be eliminated by the end of November.
A seasonal drought outlook, available here, shows no drought for the majority of the Corn Belt through the end of January.