South Dakota's state climatologist, Dennis Todey says it's difficult for scientists to say just when lengthy droughts have ended.
The U.S. Drought Monitor
uses soil moisture, short- and long-term measurements of precipitation and other factors to determine a drought level for all locations in the country. As of last Tuesday, it listed only a small corner of southwestern South Dakota as being abnormally dry.
Todey agrees many East River residents wouldn't consider themselves in a drought because they have been dealing with wet fields and flooding. But he says nearly all West River reservoirs are still well below longer-term average levels.
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