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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RAPID CITY SD  
900 AM MDT THU JUN 14 2018  
   
..DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE NORTHERN HIGH PLAINS
 
 
SYNOPSIS... SHORT-TERM MOISTURE HAS HELPED TO EASE DROUGHT CONCERNS,  
BUT IMPACTS REMAIN DUE TO LONGER TERM SHORTFALLS.  
 
THE LATEST U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR DEPICTS:  
 
* MODERATE (D1) DROUGHT CONDITIONS COVERED PERKINS, MOST OF EASTERN  
MEADE, NORTHERN ZIEBACH, AND EASTERN HARDING COUNTIES.  
* ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS COVERED THE REST OF MEADE,  
ZIEBACH, AND HARDING COUNTIES, AS WELL AS BUTTE, NORTHWESTERN  
HAAKON, AND FAR NORTHEASTERN PENNINGTON COUNTIES.  
 
SUMMARY OF IMPACTS... LONG-TERM DROUGHT IMPACTS CONTINUE TO BE  
REPORTED BY PRODUCERS, INCLUDING LOW STOCK PONDS AND DUGOUTS.  
 
CLIMATE SUMMARY... THE FIRST HALF OF MAY WAS FAIRLY DRY, BUT BY MID-  
MONTH THUNDERSTORMS WITH HEAVY RAINFALL BECAME A COMMON OCCURRENCE  
FOR MANY LOCATIONS, AND THESE STORMS LASTED THROUGH THE END OF THE  
MONTH. AREAS IN AND AROUND THE BLACK HILLS WERE WET, WITH MANY  
LOCATIONS RECEIVING FOUR TO SIX INCHES OF RAIN. HOWEVER, DRIER THAN  
AVERAGE CONDITIONS WERE COMMON ACROSS NORTHWESTERN SOUTH DAKOTA AND  
PARTS OF NORTHEASTERN WYOMING, WITH THESE AREAS ONLY RECEIVING 1.5  
TO 2.5 INCHES OF RAIN DURING THE MONTH. TEMPERATURES WERE ABOVE  
AVERAGE IN MAY ACROSS THE ENTIRE AREA.  
 
PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK... THE OUTLOOK FOR JUNE CALLS FOR  
A GREATER CHANCE FOR ABOVE AVERAGE TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES  
FOR ABOVE, BELOW, OR NEAR AVERAGE PRECIPITATION.  
 
THE THREE MONTH OUTLOOK FOR JUNE, JULY, AND AUGUST CALLS FOR EQUAL  
CHANCES FOR ABOVE, BELOW AND NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND  
PRECIPITATION.  
 
HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY AND OUTLOOK... ACCORDING TO THE U.S. GEOLOGICAL  
SURVEY 28-DAY AVERAGE STREAMFLOW COMPARED TO HISTORICAL STREAMFLOW  
FOR THE DAY OF THE YEAR INDICATES NORMAL CONDITIONS ACROSS MUCH OF  
THE AREA.  
 
NEXT ISSUANCE... THE NEXT DROUGHT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED LATER  
THIS MONTH.  
 

 
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS... THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT  
INVOLVING NOAA`S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND THE 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.  
 
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...  
 
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  
605-341-9271  
MELISSA.SMITH@NOAA.GOV  
 
RELATED WEB SITES...  
 
U.S. DROUGHT PAGE...  
HTTP://WWW.DROUGHT.GOV  
 
SOUTH DAKOTA CLIMATE AND WEATHER INFORMATION...  
HTTP://CLIMATE.SDSTATE.EDU  
 
WYOMING WATER AND CLIMATE INFORMATION...  
HTTP://WWW.WRDS.UWYO.EDU/  
 
U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR...  
HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU  
 
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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