Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Rapid City, SD

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RAPID CITY SD
757 AM MDT THU AUG 18 2016

...DROUGHT CONDITIONS IMPROVE ACROSS WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA AND
NORTHEASTERN WYOMING...

SYNOPSIS...

RECENT RAINS HAVE HELPED TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS IN PARTS OF LAWRENCE,
MEADE, PENNINGTON, CUSTER, AND FALL RIVER COUNTIES. DRYNESS AND
DROUGHT CONTINUES ACROSS WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA AND NORTHEASTERN
WYOMING.

EXTREME (D3) DROUGHT CONDITIONS COVERED MOST OF CROOK AND WESTON
COUNTIES IN NORTHEASTERN WYOMING AND PORTIONS OF WESTERN HARDING,
SOUTHERN BUTTE, NORTHERN LAWRENCE, AND WESTERN PENNINGTON COUNTIES
IN SOUTH DAKOTA. SEVERE (D2) DROUGHT CONDITIONS INCLUDED EASTERN
CAMPBELL COUNTY AND THE REST OF CROOK AND WESTON COUNTIES IN
NORTHEASTERN WYOMING. IN SOUTH DAKOTA SEVERE (D2) DROUGHT CONDITIONS
COVERED THE REST OF HARDING AND BUTTE COUNTIES AS WELL AS FAR
SOUTHWESTERN PERKINS, WESTERN AND CENTRAL MEADE, PARTS OF WESTERN
AND CENTRAL PENNINGTON, WESTERN CUSTER, AND FAR NORTHWESTERN FALL
RIVER COUNTIES. MODERATE (D1) DROUGHT CONDITIONS COVERED THE REST OF
CAMPBELL COUNTY WYOMING, THE REST OF FALL RIVER, CUSTER, PENNINGTON,
MEADE, AND PERKINS COUNTIES AS WELL AS ZIEBACH, NORTHWESTERN HAAKON,
OGLALA LAKOTA, SOUTHERN JACKSON, AND NORTHERN AND WESTERN BENNETT
COUNTIES. ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS COVERED THE REST OF WESTERN
SOUTH DAKOTA.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

* DUE TO POOR RANGELAND CONDITIONS, PRODUCERS ARE BEGINNING TO
  REDUCE LIVESTOCK NUMBERS, AND HAY AND GRAIN LOSSES ARE BEGINNING
  TO OCCUR.
* RANCHERS AND FARMERS ARE EXPERIENCING NO HAY PRODUCTION AT ALL AND
  CATTLE ARE ALREADY ON WINTER PASTURES.
* FIRE RESTRICTIONS HAVE BEGUN AND SEVERAL COUNTIES HAVE IMPOSED
  BURN BANS AND ARE PROHIBITING OPEN BURNING.
* DRY FUELS HAVE CAUSED SEVERAL LARGE WILDFIRES SO FAR THIS YEAR.
* STOCK PONDS AND DUGOUTS ARE LOW, WHICH IS LIMITING WATER FOR
  CATTLE AND OTHER ANIMALS. WATER AT SUCH LOW LEVELS TYPICALLY IS
  OF POOR QUALITY. SOME RANCHERS HAVE TO HAUL WATER IN EVERY DAY.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

SO FAR THIS YEAR TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN ABOVE AVERAGE. MAY AND JUNE
WERE EXTREMELY DRY WITH MOST LOCATIONS RECEIVING ONLY A THIRD OF
THEIR TYPICAL RAINFALL. IN JULY, RAINFALL AMOUNTS VARIED WITH SOME
LOCATIONS REPORTING BELOW AVERAGE AMOUNTS AND OTHER SPOTS ABOVE
AVERAGE. SO FAR IN AUGUST, RAINFALL AMOUNTS HAVE BEEN AROUND AVERAGE.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

LA NINA CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO DEVELOP, AS INDICATED BY THE
EXPANSION OF BELOW-AVERAGE SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE
EASTERN EQUATORIAL PACIFIC OCEAN.

THE OUTLOOK FOR THE REST OF AUGUST INDICATES THERE IS A GREATER
CHANCE FOR ABOVE-AVERAGE PRECIPITATION AND BELOW AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES. ALSO, THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE POSSIBLE DURING THIS TIME
AND SOME OF THESE STORMS MAY CONTAIN DANGEROUS SEVERE WEATHER
INCLUDING HAIL, DAMAGING WINDS, FLOODING AND LIGHTNING (WHICH MAY
SPARK FIRES).

NEXT ISSUANCE...

THE NEXT DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED AROUND AUGUST 25.

&&

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING NOAA`S
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CENTERS FOR ENVIRONMENTAL
INFORMATION, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE (USDA), STATE
AND REGIONAL CLIMATE CENTERS AND THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION
CENTER AT THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA-LINCOLN. INFORMATION FOR THIS
STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM THE NWS AND FEDERAL AVIATION
ADMINISTRATION OBSERVING SITES, STATE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION
SERVICES, UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, BUREAU OF
RECLAMATION AND THE UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL SURVEY.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT
INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT...

MELISSA SMITH
SERVICE HYDROLOGIST
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
300 EAST SIGNAL DRIVE
RAPID CITY SOUTH DAKOTA 57701
605-341-9271
MELISSA.SMITH@NOAA.GOV

RELATED WEB SITES...
U.S. DROUGHT PAGE...
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV

SOUTH DAKOTA CLIMATE AND WEATHER INFORMATION...
HTTP://CLIMATE.SDSTATE.EDU/CLIMATE_SITE/CLIMATE.HTM

WYOMING WATER AND CLIMATE INFORMATION...
HTTP://WWW.WRDS.UWYO.EDU/

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...
HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU

RIVER AND RESERVOIR INFORMATION
NWS - HTTP://WATER.WEATHER.GOV/AHPS
USGS - HTTP://WWW.USGS.GOV/WATER
USBR - HTTP://WWW.USBR.GOV/GP/LAKES_RESERVOIRS

CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...
HTTP://WWW.CPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV

BLACK HILLS FIRE RESTRICTIONS...
HTTP://BLACKHILLSFIRERESTRICTIONS.COM

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