Updated Drought Monitor for July 22

The July 22nd report from the U.S. Drought Monitor reflected severe drought conditions for the majority of northern Minnesota and extreme drought conditions for much of Beltrami County and parts of Koochiching, Cass, and Itasca Counties.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is updated every Thursday morning based on observations made two days prior on Tuesday mornings.

Observed historical impacts of severe drought conditions include high fire danger, early color change for fall foliage, and food challenges for bears.

Observed historical impacts of extreme drought conditions include widespread wildfires, early corn harvest, and near record low levels for surface waters.

On Thursday, July 15 the drought report showed severe conditions extending into northern parts of Itasca and St. Louis Counties with an extreme drought for parts of Beltrami County.

The WDIO Storm Track Meteorologists says the area will remain in an active pattern with occasional showers and thunderstorms today and tonight. Unfortunately the rain coverage will be rather sparse, preventing widespread rain accumulation.

On Friday, the area will begin to climb into the warmer temperatures. Stronger thunderstorms will be possible in the afternoon and evening. Our weekend will be warm and sunny with more mid and upper 80s. Check out the WDIO Storm Track Forecast for more indepth detail.