Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RAPID CITY SD
323 PM MDT THU MAY 7 2015

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

SYNOPSIS... DROUGHT CONDITIONS AS OF MAY 7...SEVERE /D2/ DROUGHT
CONDITIONS WERE LOCATED ACROSS EASTERN MEADE...FAR EASTERN
PENNINGTON...SOUTHERN ZIEBACH...HAAKON...AND NORTHERN JACKSON
COUNTIES. MODERATE /D1/ DROUGHT CONDITIONS COVERED SOUTHERN
PERKINS...NORTHERN ZIEBACH...EASTERN BUTTE...THE REST OF MEADE...
EASTERN HALF OF PENNINGTON...JACKSON...MOST OF MELLETTE...EASTERN
TODD...AND TRIPP COUNTIES. ABNORMALLY DRY /D0/ CONDITIONS EXIST
ACROSS THE REST OF WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA AND CROOK AND WESTON
COUNTIES IN NORTHEASTERN WYOMING.

RECENT RAINS HAVE HELPED TO ALLEVIATE SOME DROUGHT CONCERNS.
HOWEVER...DUE TO THE MILD WINTER AND LACK OF SNOWFALL...MOST AREAS
IN WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA AND NORTHEASTERN WYOMING ARE EXPERIENCING
DROUGHT CONDITIONS.

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...
* 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.
* DRY FUELS HAVE CAUSED NUMEROUS WILDFIRES SO FAR THIS YEAR.
* SEVERAL COUNTIES HAVE ISSUED DROUGHT DECLARATIONS DUE TO THE
  IMPACT THE LACK OF MOISTURE HAS CREATED ON PASTURES...HAY...ANNUAL
  FORAGE AND CROPS.

CLIMATE SUMMARY... SO FAR THIS YEAR...TEMPERATURES HAVE BEEN
ABOVE AVERAGE AND PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN BELOW AVERAGE.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... WEAK EL NINO CONDITIONS WERE
REFLECTED BY ABOVE-AVERAGE SEA SURFACE TEMPERATURES (SST) ACROSS THE
EQUATORIAL PACIFIC. ACCORDING TO THE CLIMATE PREDICTION
CENTER...THERE IS AN APPROXIMATELY 70% CHANCE THAT EL NINO WILL
CONTINUE THROUGH THE NORTHERN HEMISPHERE SUMMER 2014...AND A GREATER
THAN 60% CHANCE IT WILL LAST THROUGH AUTUMN. TYPICALLY EL NINO
CONDITIONS RESULT IN ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION AND BELOW AVERAGE
TEMPERATURES FOR WESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA AND NORTHEASTERN WYOMING
DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS.

NEXT ISSUANCE...END OF MAY 2015.

&&

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS... THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT
INVOLVING NOAA/S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE /NWS/ AND NATIONAL
CLIMATIC DATA CENTER...THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
/USDA/...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE NATIONAL
DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN
GATHERED FROM NWS AND FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION OBSERVATION
SITES...STATE COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES...USDA ...USBR AND
USGS.

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

MELISSA SMITH
DROUGHT FOCAL POINT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE
300 EAST SIGNAL DRIVE
RAPID CITY SOUTH DAKOTA 57701
TELEPHONE 605-341-9271
E-MAIL MELISSA.SMITH@NOAA.GOV

RELATED WEB SITES...ALL LINKS SHOULD BE IN SMALL LETTERS

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/

ADDITIONAL 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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