Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Rapid City, SD

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Rapid City SD
708 PM MDT Thu Jun 15 2017

...Drought Conditions Continue Across Western South Dakota and
Northeastern Wyoming...


After a dry and hot early June, a storm system finally tracked
across the northern Plains this past week. This storm system lowered
temperatures a little bit and finally brought some much needed rain
to the area. For the most part, the rains were not great enough to
make sizable improvements to the drought conditions. The current
drought conditions not only reflect the recent weather conditions,
but also include the lower than average streamflows, as well as the
long-term moisture deficits dating back to last summer.

During the middle of June, a small area of Severe (D2) drought
conditions clipped far northeastern Ziebach County in north-central
South Dakota. Moderate (D1) covered Perkins, southeastern Butte,
Meade, far northeastern Pennington, Haakon, and the rest of Ziebach
Counties. Abnormally dry (D0) conditions covered most of Crook, and
Weston Counties in northeastern Wyoming. In South Dakota, Abnormally
dry (D0) conditions covered Harding, Lawrence, Custer, northern Fall
River, far northern Oglala Lakota, Jackson, Mellette, northern
Tripp, and the rest of Butte and Pennington Counties.


* Stock ponds and dugouts are still low, which is impacting the
  water quality and quantity for cattle and other animals.
* Dry conditions are affecting hay production and pastures in
  northern and western South Dakota.
* Scarce forage is leading South Dakota ranchers to consider
  liquidating herds.
* Crops and pastures are stressed. Some farmers are cutting wheat
  crops for hay since they won`t make a grain crop.
* "Shutoff Orders"have begun for irrigation water from the Little
  Missouri River in Harding County.
* Soil moisture is quickly drying out. The latest USDA South Dakota
  Crop Progress and Condition Report indicated topsoil moisture
  supplies rated 63 percent very short or short and subsoil moisture
  supplies rated 58 percent short or very short.


May temperatures were around average and precipitation was below
average. So far in June, it has been hot and dry with temperatures
averaging 6 to 9 degrees above average and precipitation about an
inch below average.


Sea surface temperatures in the tropical Pacific Ocean are slightly
above average, indicating neutral El Nino Southern Oscillation
(ENSO) conditions. The outlook for the summer and fall is for a
continuation of the ENSO-neutral conditions. For the northern
plains, this means there are equal chances for above, below, and
near-average temperatures and precipitation.

The outlook for July calls for a greater chance of above average
temperatures with equal chances for above, below, and near-average

The three month outlook for July, August, and September calls for
increased odds toward above-average precipitation and temperatures.


According to the Bureau of Reclamation, reservoir levels are around
average for this time of the year. Streamflows according to the U.S.
Geological Survey have been below normal. Links to hydrologic data
from the U.S. Geological Survey and Bureau of Reclamation can be
found below.


The next drought statement will be issued toward the end of June
unless conditions change sooner.



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.


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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