ABERDEEN, S.D. – (DRG News) The National Weather Service confirms that last month was hot and dry in central and northeast parts of the state, as drought conditions expand across the region. The NWS Aberdeen office says average temps were from 4 to 6 degrees above normal, which weather officials consider extreme for a summer month. Many locations in the Aberdeen office’s coverage area also had their top ten warmest Julys on record. Pierre, Timber Lake and Kennebec all had the fourth warmest Julys since statistics have been kept. Mobridge tied for the seventh warmest July on record. Pierre’s warmest day was on the 15th, when the temp reached 109, Kennebec saw 106 degrees on the 16th and 17th, Mobridge’s high was 103 on the 15th, and Timber Lake got up to 101 on the 15th.
Rainfall amounts ranged from a third of an inch to over two and a third inches below normal. Mobridge ended the month .23 above normal for precipitation. Locations that logged below normal precip included Timber Lake, which was .61 behind average, Kennebec, which was 1.04” below normal and Pierre ended July almost two inches below normal precipitation-at 1.93” behind average.
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