Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Bismarck, ND

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Bismarck ND
329 PM CDT Thu Aug 17 2017 /229 PM MDT Thu Aug 17 2017/

...SEVERE TO EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST ACROSS WESTERN
AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA...


SYNOPSIS...

Severe to Extreme drought conditions that have persisted across
North Dakota since early spring have received a bit of a reprieve
with generally above normal rainfall over the past couple of
weeks. However, many of the impacts due to the dry spring and
first half of summer are now locked in place. In particular, it
is simply too late in the year for most small grains, pastures,
and native grasses to recover even though the countryside appears
noticeably greener. However, row crops such as corn, beans, and
sunflowers are likely to have benefited from recent rainfall.


Below is a summary of precipitation from March 1 through July 20,
2017.

Location.....Precipitation Received.....How Far Below Normal
Hettinger.........7.07 inches.............-4.58 inches
Minot.............5.08 inches.............-6.55 inches
Dickinson.........6.76 inches.............-4.21 inches
Bismarck.........10.12 inches.............-1.79 inches
Jamestown.........8.39 inches.............-3.93 inches
Williston.........6.59 inches.............-2.92 inches

Of the above listed NWS operated stations, only Minot
is not an actual improvement in the deficit category since
July 20, 2017. The 5.08 inches of precipitation measured at the
Minot International Airport is the lowest March 1 through
August 17 total since the site was established in 1948.


STATE AND LOCAL ACTIONS... The Governor of North Dakota has not
only declared a drought emergency for 26 counties across North
Dakota but has since requested more federal assistance via a
Presidential Disaster Declaration. The State declaration
activated state programs to assist farmers and ranchers in
affected counties impacted by the drought. Coordination with
county and city commissions, law enforcement, and emergency
management has been extensive regarding agriculture impacts and
potential fire danger.


SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS...
Very recent rainfall has substantially raised soil moisture across
much of western and central North Dakota. Just as favorable as the
recent rainfall, recent temperatures have been seasonably mild and
this has reduced the rate of evaporation and allowed rainfall to
soak into the ground. This has resulted in Crop Moisture Index
maps to be range from Favorably Moist to Abnormally Dry as opposed
to having been widely classified as Severely Dry at this same
time last month.


RIVER AND STREAM FLOW CONDITIONS...
Streamflow has rebounded in most western and central North Dakota
streams to where most streams are between the 30th and 75th
percentiles. This may seem like a wide spread of values, but this
tends to put the overall streamflow conditions near normal.


AGRICULTURE IMPACTS...
The greatest impacts have been to the agricultural sector of
western and central North Dakota. This is especially true to the
livestock industry. Hay shortages, stressed pasture land and
increased sulfates in watering holes have greatly challenged
ranchers across western and central North Dakota. Despite recent
rainfall, these impacts are not likely to be significantly
improved as most native grasses naturally mature in July and only
modest forage production takes place after July. Row crops and
non-native forage, such as alfalfa, are likely to benefit the most
from recent rains, although full recovery is not a reasonable
expectation.


FIRE DANGER HAZARDS...
Fire restrictions and bans remain in place across much of western
and central North Dakota, although some outright bans on open
burning have been replaced with varying restrictions. Greening of
the countryside is expected to continue to help with this in at
least the near-term even as the region enters its historically
normal wildfire season.


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...
Near normal temperatures and precipitation are expected in the
short-term 6-10 and 8-14 day outlooks. Looking out a little
longer, the one-month and three-month outlooks tend to favor above
normal temperatures, with an equal chance for above normal, near
normal, or below normal precipitation.


HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK...
Recent rains have produced a brief, but encouraging, rebound in
streamflow. It will take continued rainfall to keep the streams at
this level and there is no guarantee of this. With the lack of a
strong precipitation signal suggesting a return to normal, or
above normal precipitation, it would not be unexpected to see a
return to lower streamflow again towards the end of August and
early September.


NEXT ISSUANCE DATE... This product will be updated in September,
or sooner, if there are significant changes in conditions.

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Related web sites...
Additional information on current drought conditions may be found
at the following web addresses /use lower case letters/...

U.S. Drought Monitor...http://www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu
National Integrated Drought Information System...
http://www.drought.gov
CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER...http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov
Midwestern Regional Climate Center...
http://mcc.sws.uiuc.edu/index.jsp
High Plains Regional Climate Center...http://hprcc.unl.edu
NWS River Information...http://www.weather.gov/ahps
USGS River Information...http://water.usgs.gov
US Army Corps of Engineer...http://www.mvr.usace.army.mil

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
The Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA`s
National Weather Service and National Climatic Data Center...the
USDA...state and regional center climatologists and the National
Drought Mitigation Center. Information for this statement has
been gathered from NWS and FAA observation sites...State
Cooperative Extension Services...the USDA...USACE and USGS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
If you have any questions or comments about this Drought
Information Statement...please contact...

National Weather Service
2301 University Drive Bldg 27
Bismarck, ND 58504
Phone...701-250-4224
bis.webmaster@noaa.gov

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