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Latest Update

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

Summary (April 16, 2021)

  • Based on the DM map published this morning, 98% of the state is in drought. Ninety-four percent of the state is in at least a Severe Drought category, and 76% of the state is in an Extreme Drought category, which is a 6% increase since last week (Slide 14).

  • This week, the Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) reached a historical-high value of 367, exceeding the previous high value recorded on August 8, 2006, by 38 points (Slide 16).

  • This also marks the most extensive Extreme Drought coverage on record since 2000, exceeding the previous most extensive coverage on April 8, 2021.

  • The estimated population in the drought area is 658,127 (14,465 fewer people compared to last week that accounts for improving conditions in the southeast corner of the state).


See Latest Full Report April 16, 2021 (PPT)

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