A relatively dry January has pushed the Northern Plains back into the earliest stages of drought development. According to the latest Drought Monitor report, “abnormal dryness” is now reported in portions of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas.
A look at the U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook shows drought persisting or intensifying from Kansas to Texas through the end of April. With just the early stages of drought reported on the Northern Plains currently, federal forecasters don’t anticipate this to develop into drought at this time.