Even with our recent snowfall, Spring is off to a dry start.
KELOLAND needs moisture. We've been unseasonably dry and the drought isn't going away anytime soon.
The southern and eastern edges of KELOLAND are abnormally dry. That drought is growing north and growing in intensity. The outlook doesn't show any improvement on the drought.
From January 1st to April 20th, Sioux Falls as officially received 2.15 inches of rain, which is less than half of what is the climate average for this time of year.
This drought ranks as the 11th driest on record, so far.
Huron has received just under an inch and a quarter, which is less than a third of where it should be at this time. This ranks them as the third driest year on record.
Now the forecast does have showers moving into KELOLAND Wednesday and Thursday and then again later on this weekend. Any amount of rain will help keep the drought away, but to really recover from this dry weather, KELOLAND will need about two to three inches of rain to catch up to normal.