January 30, 2003
The National Drought Mitigation Center issued the following statement on January 7, 2003:
U. S. Drought Monitor indicates that the northern one third of Minnesota falls within the “D0 – Abnormally Dry” category. Far northeastern Minnesota is judged to be in the “D1 – Drought Moderate” category. All other Minnesota counties are free of drought designation.
Late last Fall, before freeze up, the Lake Vermilion water level was lower than normal. At this point of the Winter, we have minimal snow cover. Even an amateur’s eye can see the area will need more snow or generous Spring rain to reverse this trend in the lake level.