Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Rapid City, SD

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RAPID CITY SD
1105 AM MDT THU SEP 29 2016

...SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS WESTERN SOUTH
DAKOTA AND NORTHEASTERN WYOMING...

SYNOPSIS...

MUCH NEEDED PRECIPITATION WAS RECEIVED ACROSS WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA
OVER THE PAST WEEK. THIS MOISTURE HELPED TO IMPROVE DROUGHT
CONDITIONS, THOUGH IMPACTS REMAINED. IT WAS REPORTED THAT SOME SMALL
GRASSES HAVE GREENED UP AND WINTER WHEAT PLANTING IS GOING FULL
STEAM AHEAD.

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

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

* RANCHERS AND FARMERS ARE EXPERIENCING LITTLE IF ANY HAY PRODUCTION.
* STOCK PONDS AND DUGOUTS ARE LOW, WHICH IS LIMITING WATER FOR
  CATTLE AND OTHER ANIMALS.

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. IN AUGUST, RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN MOST LOCATIONS WERE ABOVE
AVERAGE; THE EXCEPTION WAS OVER FAR NORTHWESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA AND
FAR SOUTH WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA, WHERE RAINFALL AMOUNTS WERE SLIGHTLY
BELOW AVERAGE. IN SEPTEMBER, TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION WERE
MAINLY AROUND AVERAGE.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES (SST) ACROSS THE EQUATORIAL PACIFIC OCEAN
ARE REMAINING NEAR AVERAGE. THIS TREND IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE
THROUGH THE FALL.

THE OUTLOOK FOR OCTOBER INDICATES THERE IS A GREATER CHANCE FOR
ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES WITH EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE, BELOW AND
AVERAGE PRECIPITATION.

NEXT ISSUANCE...

THE NEXT DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED IN OCTOBER.

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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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