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Latest Update

Adnan Akyuz, Ph.D State Climatologist
Adnan Akyuz, ND State Climatologist

Summary (May 6, 2021)

  • In Summary:

    • Based on the DM map published this morning, 98% of the state is in drought. Ninety-three percent of the state is in at least a Severe Drought category, and 85% of the state is in an Extreme Drought category, which is a 2% increase since last week (Slide 14). 
    • This week, the Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) reached a historical-high value of 376, exceeding the previous high value recorded last week by three points (Slide 16).
    • This week also marks the most extensive Extreme Drought coverage on record since 2000, exceeding the previous most extensive coverage last week.
    • The estimated population in the drought area is 658,127.

See Latest Full Report May 6, 2021 (PPT)

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