Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Rapid City, SD

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Rapid City SD
754 AM MDT Thu Oct 12 2017

...Drought Conditions Continue Across Western South Dakota...


Recently, drought conditions have not changed much across western
South Dakota and northeastern Wyoming. Long term precipitation
deficits remain.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor depicts:

* Extreme (D3) drought conditions across far southwestern Ziebach,
  eastern Meade, far northeastern Pennington, and western Haakon
* Severe (D2) drought conditions covered the rest of Ziebach,
  Jackson, and Haakon Counties, as well as Perkins and parts of far
  northeastern Harding, far eastern Butte, central Meade, eastern
  Pennington, northeastern Bennett, western Mellette, and far
  northwestern Todd Counties in South Dakota.
* Moderate (D1) drought in South Dakota covered the rest of Harding,
  Butte, Meade, Bennett, Mellette, and Todd Counties, as well as
  central Pennington, eastern Custer, northeastern Fall River, and
  most of Oglala Lakota Counties. In northeastern Wyoming, Moderate
  (D1) drought conditions covered far northern Campbell and northern
  Crook Counties.
* Abnormally dry (D0) conditions covered northeastern Weston, the
  rest of Crook, and northern Campbell Counties in northeastern
  Wyoming, as well as rest of western South Dakota.


Drought impacts continue to be reported by agricultural producers.
Stock ponds and dugouts are dry or contain water of poor quality.
Numerous pasture and hay lands have not been able to recover from
the dry conditions over the summer.


Overall September precipitation ranged from above average across
northeastern Wyoming, far northwestern South Dakota, and south
central South Dakota to below average across southwestern South
Dakota into north central South Dakota. Temperatures in September
were around average. So far in October, temperatures and
precipitation have been below average.


Sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean are below
average, but are still indicating neutral El Nino Southern
Oscillation (ENSO) conditions. The outlook for the fall and winter
is for possible La Nina conditions to develop. For the northern
plains in the fall, this typically means the temperatures will trend
near average and precipitation will continue to trend below average.
For winter in the northern plains, temperatures should trend below
average and precipitation would be near to slightly above average,
indicating a few more storms may be possible. Overall, precipitation
in the winter is only around an inch for the December through
February time period and is only about 7% of the annual

The outlook through the end of October calls for near average
temperatures and precipitation.

The three-month outlook for October, November, and December calls
for increased odds toward above-average temperatures and equal
chances for above, below, and near-average precipitation.

The U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook indicates drought conditions
through the fall.


According to the Bureau of Reclamation, reservoir levels at
Angostura, Deerfield, Keyhole, and Pactola were above average for
this time of the year. However, end of the month reservoir
elevations in August at Belle Fourche and Shadehill were below

According to the U.S. Geological Survey 28-day average streamflow
compared to historical streamflow for the day of the year indicates
normal to below normal conditions across much of the area.


The next drought statement will be issued at the end of October 2017.



The drought monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA`s
National Weather Service and the 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.


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


U.S. Drought page...

South Dakota Climate and Weather Information...

Wyoming Water and Climate Information...

U.S. Drought Monitor...

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...

Black Hills Fire Restrictions...



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