– Share of state experiencing drought conditions (20-year average): 16,075 sq. mi. (28.7% of land area); 1,333,925 people (23.5% of population)
— Moderate drought: 7,381 sq. mi. (13.2% of land area); 569,854 people (10.0% of population)
— Severe drought: 2,335 sq. mi. (4.2% of land area); 167,218 people (2.9% of population)
— Extreme drought: 226 sq. mi. (0.4% of land area); 22,610 people (0.4% of population)
— Exceptional drought: zero sq. mi.; no people
The majority of Wisconsin is abnormally dry (as of March 2021), along with other states in the region, but no areas are facing moderate or worse drought. In 2012, Wisconsin suffered from a significant drought that represented the worst dry spell since a drought devastated the state in 1988, a moment that is still fresh in the minds of farmers there.
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