Lack Of Rain Causing Drought Concerns

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The lack of May rainfall is causing concern across north-central KELOLAND.  

By the looks of it, Sioux Falls and much of southeastern KELOLAND has been on the receiving end of above normal rainfall for many months.  But northern KELOLAND is quickly going the other way, and the latest drought monitor shows the problem area well.

Take one look at the grass around our Mobridge Skycam and it’s easy to see there’s more brown than green in many spots.  

The lack of rainfall in the Mobridge and north-central KELOLAND has now reached the point where moderate drought conditions have emerged.  Soil conditions in much of northern KELOLAND remain abnormally dry.  

An update on the 30-day rainfall trends shows most of South Dakota west of a Watertown to Mitchell line below normal for rainfall in May.  It’s quite the opposite story in southeastern KELOLAND, where moisture has been plentifully the past several months in the SIoux Falls area.  

Both May and June are critcal months for watching moisture deficits.  That’s why we’ll be keeping a close eye on these trends for any signs for improvement or further decline in the conditions in the month ahead.

Hotter temperatures later this week will be the next negative factor will influence how fast things continue to dry in northern KELOLAND.  Some of our raw forecast high temperatures data pushes readings into the 90s later this week.


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