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February 17, 2018 06:06 PM

Dry Conditions Across KELOLAND Causing Problems

We've had to keep watch on the developing drought across western and northern KELOLAND. The last 90 days have not been good to those areas.

The southern half of South Dakota and areas around the Black Hills have been getting either near average amounts or double the average amounts of moisture over the last 90 days. 

But northern and northeast South Dakota haven't been so lucky. In fact, Roberts, Grant, and Codington counties have received less than half normal amounts of moisture this winter.

And this lack of moisture has caused the moderate drought category to cover all of northeast South Dakota. Parts of western South Dakota is still under the severe drought. 

And these dry conditions are really causing problems. The latest Crop Progress and Condition report rated 21 percent of winter wheat at poor or very poor. Rivers and streams were at or below normal levels. And if the dry conditions continue, the fire danger season may creep up soon than usual.

So hopefully the overall jet stream pattern shifts just enough to allow for the northeast to catch up on some good needed moisture before the hot and dry season returns to the Midwest. 

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