As we head deeper and deeper into September, the seriousness of the growing drought is becoming more apparent. With each passing day without significant rainfall, ground conditions deteriorate even further with a full-fledged drought just around the corner. Precipitation is several inches below average over the last couple of months and will not improve without at least a couple of widespread high rainfall events (high rainfall event meaning widespread amounts of 1"+).
Severe drought has returned across central Minnesota from the St. Cloud area southwestward to Willmar. Moderate drought conditions continue for the rest of southern and central Minnesota. The dry pattern that we are in doesn't appear like it will change as the Climate Prediction Center forecast shows dryer than normal conditions are expected for the next 14 days as seen below.
The first chance for more widespread storm activity appears to be late Sunday and early Monday, but drought relief is not expected from this one event. Hopefully the other fall months can help ease any ongoing drought.