Most of South Dakota is dry, but some areas are winning the rainfall lottery.
The rain trends this weekend continued the pattern we've seen the past few weeks with the heaviest rains falling again in northwestern South Dakota.
In fact, local spotters in the Lemmon area confirm over 6 inches of rain again in this area. Parts of Perkins and Harding Counties in the far northwest tip of South Dakota have been some of the wettest spots the summer, the exact opposite of what we would typically expect.
These reports are very similar to another event in that same area August 27 and 28, when locally three to eight inches fell in parts of Perkins County, south of Lemmon and surrounding areas.
While some of the heaviest totals stayed West River, many other areas picked up over an inch, including Selby and Mobridge. Between .50" and 1" fell in much of northern Brown County north of Aberdeen. It was some of the best rain for areas near Aberdeen since July 9.
However, the story is much different just to the southeast of Aberdeen. Some spotters in southern Day County south of Webster reported just a few hundredths of rain over the weekend, with little moisture for the dry topsoil there.
The driest area the past 30 days has been in an area near Watertown, south to Clear Lake, east to Madison, Minnesota, then northwest to around Milbank. Clear Lake, for example, has only had 1.58" since June 23 when the tracks of heavy rain came to a halt.
As the hit and miss pattern of rain continues in the northeast, the ongoing drought for some will continue.
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