Drought Monitor Improving


The latest drought monitor is in and it has some good news.

For several weeks now, a bulls eye of severe drought was found in northeast South Dakota. But the last week has been wet enough, that the drought monitor has improved.

There is still a moderate drought centered on Aberdeen, but the severe drought is no more in KELOLAND.

What helped improved the drought was, ironically called, the ring of fire where broad brush rainfall amounts of half to two inches of rain fell with a bulls eye of five to six inches of rain fell in Marshall, Day, and Roberts counties. 

High pressure set up over the southeast U.S. and the ring of fire is an area of rain on the outside edge of the high where daily rain chances happen. That allowed the rain to fall in the northern counties of South Dakota all week long. Then late in the week, the high shifted south and that heavy rain returned to south-central and southeast KELOLAND.

And the latest forecast is an overall dry forecast with a couple chances of rain but the forecasted highs are not in the 90s to near 100 which will help keep the severe drought away. 

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