New Drought Monitor Shows Dry Conditions Continue to Intensify

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BROOKINGS, S.D. – (DRG News) South Dakota’s State Climatologist says the newest U.S. Drought Monitor shows intensifying drought conditions in the state. Dennis Todey says Extreme Drought moved into many southeast, southern and western counties. Conditions in those regions have deteriorated from last week’s map, which showed Severe Drought. Laura Edwards, SDSU Extension Climate Field Specialist says twenty percent of the state is now in Extreme Drought. Extreme drought conditions are one step away from the worst category-Exceptional. Edwards says 39 percent of the state is now in Severe Drought, and much of the rest of the state is in Moderate Drought. Edwards says the new Extreme Drought category in the state means further eroding crop conditions and limited water availability. South Dakota State University says a resource for state residents impacted by drought can be found at The website is updated several times each day.

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