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Sioux Falls In Severe Drought

July 30, 2007, 7:03 PM by Karla Ramaekers

Sioux Falls In Severe Drought
Sioux Falls has joined the list of cities in a severe drought for the month of July. 

The city has gone the entire month with little to no rain. 

The signs of drought are apparent across KELOLAND; dry lawns, dying crops, and low river levels. 

The dry weather is a continuing problem this summer. 

State Climatologist Dennis Todey says, "We've been looking at some of those numbers this morning even and we've had some extremely dry conditions."

Todey works at South Dakota State University. 

He says drought is measured on a scale of D0 to D4.

D0 represents areas that are just starting to look dry, and D4 being the worst conditions possible. 

Right now, Sioux Falls is a D2; qualifying the state's biggest city for a severe drought warning. 

"Severe drought means you're starting to see some impact because of the dry conditions," Todey says.

With wildfires burning out west and watering restrictions in many towns, the impact is obvious. 

And Todey says the drought couldn't come at a worse time. 

"This is a very bad time for dry conditions to be occurring from a crop standpoint," Todey says.

The solution to this problem is what everyone is waiting for-- some rain. 

"Typically we don't see wide-spread storms this time of the year, usually more isolated ones so more numerous storms would be the best bet right now," Todey says.

And since that's up to mother nature, all we can do is wait. 

Todey predicts that the national weather service will be setting new drought records for the month of July if we don't get any rain within the next week.

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