Recent Moisture Helping Dry Areas Of KELOLAND


The damp dreary weather this past weekend isn’t exactly what most of hope for as the first day of spring approaches.  

However the recent moisture is helping the driest areas of KELOLAND.

Friday’s storm provided a great shot of moisture for the west. Many locations picked up between a half and one full inch of water from the snow, sleet, and freezing rain that fell.  

Winner had 1.19 inches, Philip 1.11, and Rapid City received .98″.  

We are still in the time of the year where there is frost in the ground. You can see the latest soil temperatures in the west around close to 32.  A significant amount of the snow melt will run off the land due to frozen ground, but this is still helpful for recharging stock dams needed for ranches.

These numbers will be reflected in this week’s drought monitor. The significance of this year spring moisture is important as we begin the growing season with significant deficits in most spots West River including the Black Hills.  

The months of April and May are even more important to watch.  

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