Is this a Return of the Drought?

A Tale of Two Summers

During the summer months precipitation is normally highly variable due to the increase of mositure and frequency of thunderstorms. Often, with thunderstorms, one area can see heavy rainfall while adjacent communities may receive little or no rain. This has been the case this summer across the Northland.

A persistent area of high pressure to the south kept areas of southern MN/WI dry. To the North, waves of moisture wrapping around a Hudson's Bay low pressure system resulted in a number of showers and storms across northern Minnesota and Upper Michigan. The charts below show the precitation descrepency between north and south and the re-emerging drought situation.

Rainfall Amounts
(as of August 22nd)

Summer Rainfall

August Rainfall

Duluth, MN (Airport)



International Falls, MN



The climatological normal summer rainfall (June 1st-August 31st) is 11.78 inches at Duluth.

The drought monitor is updated weekly. View the drought status graphics from past weeks here.




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