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

The U.S. Drought Monitor has comprehensive real-time drought conditions for Wisconsin. In addition to current drought maps, you can also find:

  • Streamflow conditions
  • Soil moisture conditions
  • Drought outlooks and forecasts
  • Historical drought conditions

View Wisconsin drought conditions

Historical Drought Conditions

Additional Drought and Moisture Information

Wisconsin DNR Drought Information

The Department of Natural Resources has information related to drought management, including water conservation and wildfire risk.

Statewide Palmer Drought Severity Index

View relative dryness based on temperature and precipitation data.

Divisional Palmer Drought Severity Index

View regional drought conditions dating back to 1895.

Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI)

View a map of vegetation stress.

Vegetation Health Index

The vegetation health index (VHI) is used to estimate crop conditions and estimated yield, which can indicate the severity of drought.

Agriculture in Drought

View crops and livestock in drought and crop moisture data.