A drought is “a deficiency of precipitation over an extended period of time (usually a season or more), resulting in a water shortage.” As Wisconsin’s climate continues to warm, the likelihood of severe drought increases. This has major implications for our state’s agriculture industry, as well as our food and water systems.
The Wisconsin State Climatology Office provides expert guidance on current drought conditions statewide to the authors of the U.S. Drought Monitor each week. The office is also a key member of the state’s Drought Task Force when it is activated during major droughts.
Here, you will find current drought conditions, forecasts and outlooks, and soil moisture data.
Current Drought Conditions
Historical Drought Conditions
Additional Drought and Moisture Information
The Department of Natural Resources has information related to drought management, including water conservation and wildfire risk.