State Climatologist-Moisture Likely to Remain Sparce Through August

Dennis Todey at Pierre Meeting July 24


PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) The area of “severe” drought in South Dakota reportedly doubled-from 19 percent to nearly 45 percent-according to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor update. SDSU’s Extension Climate Field Specialist Laura Edwards says the total drought impact in South Dakota increased from 77 percent to 90 percent of the state’s land area. South Dakota’s State Climatologist Dennis Todey says the dry conditions vary in intensity from one part of the state to another.

Todey says August doesn’t typically bring much moisture-so it’s likely that there won’t be much let up in the dry trend on a larger scale until fall.

Todey says the last time much of the entire Corn Belt was this dry was in 1988. He says in South Dakota-2006 was the most recent severe drought year.

Todey says some locations in the state started seeing dry conditions last summer which was a welcome relief for areas that experienced flooding. By fall, Todey says it was pretty dry statewide. SDSU has drought resources available on its website at Todey spoke yesterday at a Drought Update at Pierre’s SDSU Extension Regional Center.

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