Much of Southern Minnesota is currently listed as being in a Severe Drought Pattern, according to statistics compiled by the U.S. Drought Monitor.
An early heatwave in June, coupled with a lack of rainfall, has placed Southern Minnesota firmly into drought territory.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, all of Martin County is now considered to be in a severe drought, as are several nearby counties.
According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, drought is defined as a period of abnormally dry and/or unusually hot weather sufficiently prolonged for the corresponding deficiency of water to cause a hydrologic imbalance.
During drought, resources are particularly stressed and water conservation measures are considered especially important.