Rain Totals Vary Greatly Across KELOLAND

Sioux Falls has had no shortage of rain this summer.  As the numbers continue to climb for many this weekend, late summer drought is a growing problem for others.

Thursday's rainfall total was officially .64" in Sioux Falls, bringing the summer rain total to 15.96 inches at the airport and ranks us at the seventh wettest summer on record. 

Depending on where you live in Sioux Falls, parts of the city have picked up over 20 inches of rain since June 1.

Contrast that number with Aberdeen, which now registers 6.42 inches for the summer. 

To the west, Gettysburg is even drier with on 4.52 inches at the SDSU ag station there.  Combine the lack of rain with the very hot weather in that area, and moisture stress has become an even bigger problem.  

The new drought monitor has expanded and now includes severe drought just southwest of Aberdeen. 

We do expect some relief this weekend for the driest areas.  The European model indicates the potential for over 2 inches of rain in parts of KELOLAND, depending on how various thunderstorm clusters track across the area.

If Sioux Falls picks up an inch and half of rain, we'll move into third place for the summer rain total, but still over 5 inches below the tally from 2010.  

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