After the drought of 2012, this year has been much different across much of KELOLAND.
Take a look back at the drought monitor last year at this time, and you'll see plenty of orange and red across the middle part of the country. This year, the situation looks better, but recent dry weather trends have started to affect parts of KELOLAND in a significant way.
The official new drought area for South Dakota includes a new moderate drought area east of a line from Ipswich to Redfield, including Aberdeen and Watertown. This doesn't factor in Wednesday's t-storms, but most of this region didn't get enough rain to change the latest drought rankings. Aberdeen is on track for it's second driest August on record. The drought continues to expand in Minnesota, where the coverage area jumped from 10% to 55% in just one week. In Iowa, nearly a quarter of the hawkeye state is in severe drought now, a result of rains missed over the months of July and August. Nebraska's drought remains bad from last year, with nearly 70% of the state in a severe or extreme drought.
The most improved areas appear to be central and southeastern South Dakota, but this week's hot weather will continue to dry out even the wetter spots in KELOLAND as this month comes to an end.