State Climatologist Talks About Dry Conditions in Parts of SD

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UNDATED – (DRG News) The National Weather Service says hot and dry conditions are expected this week across much of the upper Midwest. Today brings a heat advisory in west and central parts of the state with highs as warm as 108 in portions of South Dakota. The most recent U.S. Drought Monitor update showed areas of the state range from moderate to abnormally dry-mostly west of the Missouri River. The National Weather Service in Aberdeen says that Pierre and Aberdeen are two locations that have seen below normal rainfall in May and June, while Watertown has seen above normal rainfall for that time frame. South Dakota State Climatologist Dennis Todey said yesterday on the radio program AgriTalk that crop stress is showing up in areas that have been short of moisture.

Todey told host Mike Adams that weather conditions are vital for some crops right now, especially for corn.

The most recent long range outlook was issued last week. Todey said it’s likely that the coming month will bring warmer than normal temps for much of South Dakota.

Todey said that the 90-day outlook is not as clear right now. It includes the first part of the fall season, which usually sees transitional conditions as temperatures begin to cool.

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