Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Aberdeen, SD

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Aberdeen SD
1029 AM CDT Thu Jul 28 2022 /929 AM MDT Thu Jul 28 2022/



.Drought Intensity and Extent: According to the July 28th release of
the U.S. Drought Monitor, Severe (D2) drought remains in place across
southern Dewey and northern Stanley counties. Moderate (D1) drought
also lingers across portions of Dewey and Stanley counties.
Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions also remain in place over parts of
central South Dakota, and have also been introduced recently over
portions of Big Stone and Traverse counties in west central
Minnesota. Overall, drought conditions have changed little over the
past month, although a drying trend has been taking place across
portions of northeast South Dakota into west central Minnesota over
the past few weeks. The percentage of the Aberdeen forecast area
experiencing Severe (D2) drought or worse is down slightly from a
month ago, at 2.97 percent. The largest change over the past month
was the removal of Moderate (D1) drought conditions across Stanley
and Jones counties.

.Precipitation: Overall, dryness has been the story over the past
couple weeks for most locations. Going back one month though,
precipitation has been more hit-and-miss across the area, with some
areas receiving beneficial rainfall, while others have missed out.
During the past 30 days, parts of northeast South Dakota and west
central Minnesota have only seen 25 to 70 percent of their normal
precipitation. This is the largest drying area showing up in the
forecast area. Also noted over the past 30 days are pockets of
overall wetness across portions of central South Dakota, as well as
areas of northern South Dakota between the James and Missouri Rivers.
In these areas, a surplus of moisture has been noted over the past

.Temperatures: The month of July has been hot across the area, with
departures from normal anywhere from 1 to as much as nearly 5 degrees

.Hydrologic Conditions: Most area rivers are showing 7-day average
streamflows near or above normal, especially across eastern portions
of the forecast area. As of July 27th, the Grand River at Little
Eagle was showing below normal streamflow, being at the 8th


.Agricultural Impacts: The July 25th release of the South Dakota crop
conditions from the National Agricultural Statistics Service showed
topsoil moisture rated 43 percent short or very short. This is an 18
percent worsening compared to conditions about one month ago. Subsoil
moisture was rated 42 percent short or very short. Subsoil conditions
have also showed worsening over the past month, with the number up 13
percent compared to a month ago. Corn condition was rated 10 percent
poor or very poor. Winter wheat was rated 30 percent poor or very
poor. Other crops such as spring wheat, oats, and sorghum was rated
between 10 and 20 percent poor or very poor. Soybeans was rated 7
percent poor or very poor. Pasture and range condition was rated 37
percent poor or very poor. This is 14 percent worse compared to one
month ago.

.Hydrologic Impacts: None known at this time.

.Fire Hazards: Fire danger has increased over the past month,
especially in the pockets of dryness across the region. Fuels are
beginning to cure in those areas as topsoil moisture also dries out.
Fires have shown ability to carry even in "greener" looking grasses,
which indicates moisture loss in those fuels. The grassland fire
danger has been in the "moderate" or "high" categories across central
South Dakota more frequently over the past few weeks.

.DROUGHT MITIGATION ACTIONS: None known at this time.

.LOCAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK: The latest 8-14 day outlook from the Climate
Prediction Center, released on July 27th, shows above normal
temperatures are likely, with precipitation leaning below normal. The
latest one-month outlook for August leans above normal for
temperatures and below normal for precipitation.

.NEXT ISSUANCE DATE: This product will be updated in late August,
unless significant changes to the Drought Monitor are noted.

.RELATED WEB SITES: Additional information on current drought
conditions may be found at the following web addresses:

US Drought Monitor: https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu
US Drought Information System: https://www.drought.gov
Climate Prediction Center: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov
High Plains Regional Climate Center...https://www.hprcc.unl.edu
Local Weather Information...https://www.weather.gov/abr
USDA Crop Information...https://www.nass.usda.gov/index.asp
South Dakota State Climate Office...https://climate.sdstate.edu
SDSU Extension...https://extension.sdstate.edu
Drought Impact Reporter...https://droughtreporter.unl.edu/map

Additional water and river information:

NWS: https://water.weather.gov
OWP: https://water.noaa.gov
US Geological Survey (USGS): https://water.usgs.gov
US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE): https://www.usace.army.mil

.ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: The Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort
involving the National Weather Service and National Centers for
Environmental Information, 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,

.CONTACT INFORMATION: If you have questions or comments about this
Drought Information Statement, please contact:

National Weather Service
Travis Tarver - Drought Focal Point
824 391st Ave S
Aberdeen SD 57401
Phone: 605-225-0519
Email: travis.tarver@noaa.gov


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