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June 16, 2017 10:22 PM

Latest Drought Monitor Doesn't Include Tuesday's Rain

Sioux Falls, SD

Drought has been a big story in KELOLAND the last few weeks. Afternoon temperatures soaring into the 90s to 100 with little rainfall has led to dry conditions throughout the spring season.

But this work week started off with some much needed rainfall across a good portion of KELOLAND. Some areas received more rain than others, for example, south-central South Dakota didn't see much rain at all but northcentral and northeast South Dakota was in the bullseye of rain with radar rainfall estimates up to 3 to 5 inches over the last 7 days. 

So when looking at the latest drought monitor, you'll notice the drought in northern South Dakota really hasn't changed much. The update was posted online Thursday morning and it still shows a severe drought in northcentral South Dakota. The issue is the data collection stops Tuesday morning.

So all the rain that fell Tuesday afternoon and evening across KELOLAND is not included in this update. And the early week rain was a good soaking too, as 30-day deficits were wiped out in parts of central and east KELOLAND.

For now, we'll have to wait till next Thursday morning for the next update to see if there was any good improvement in the drought but don't expect a huge improvement as soil moisture content is still not where it should be.

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