Rainy May Still Not Enough to End Drought in Minnesota

Still Shy of the Average for This Time of Year

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It’s been quite a rainy few weeks to start the month of May in the Northland.

But according to the U.S. Drought Monitor, much of Minnesota is still experiencing at least a moderate drought.

Duluth has received 2.83″ of rain through May 17.

The total precipitation since January 1 is 5.49″, which is still about two inches shy of our average by this time of year.

Duluth’s snowfall for the 2014-2015 fell well short of average (only 49.2″, compared to a 86.1″ seasonal average), and there was a shortage of early spring rainfall in March and April.

Those factors continue to effect our drought, and according to forecasters at the National Weather Service, we need more than just a good week to get us out of this drought.

“A continued wet pattern would be nice,” says meteorologist Geoff Grochocisnki from the NWS Duluth Office.  “But unfortunately for the rest of this week, it looks pretty dry.”

Wisconsin hasn’t fared much better. 

There are towns in northern Wisconsin that are more than five inches short of their normal precipitation totals for this time of year.

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