Drought Monitor Update Shows No Improvement For Central South Dakota

The only changes in this week’s update of the U-S Drought Monitor are well out of our area. Abnormally dry areas in western Davison southern Hutchinson, extreme eastern Charles Mix, nearly all of Bon Home and the west half of Yankton County are now listed as having no drought.  D-2, “Severe” Drought continues across all of Potter, Sully, Stanley and Jones County. About two-thirds of Hughes County is under “Severe” drought as is the extreme northwest corner of Hyde County and the northwest corner of Lyman County.  D-1 “Moderate” drought is being seen in the bulk of Lyman County, southeast corner of Jones County and most of Hyde County. The worst drought conditions continue across the west, with D-3 “Extreme” Drought reported in eastern parts of Meade and Pennington County, southwest Ziebach, the western half of Haakon, north and central Jackson and a small part of northwestern Mellette County.  Abnormally dry conditions are being reported roughly in the area between US Highway 281 and State Highway 45. Moderate drought is reported from an area extending between Ree Heights and Harrold then stretching in a northeast to southwesterly direction. Nearly 58 percent of South Dakota is in some form of drought. Six percent of the state is in “Extreme” drought.