October 22, 2021


Drought Increases

Drought Monitor

SOUTH DAKOTA - Over 448,000 people in South Dakota are now in some drought, as reported in the U.S. Drought Monitor, which was released today.

This week, just under 17 percent of the state is not in a drought, which covers parts of south-central and east-central South Dakota.

The state's majority is sitting on the first level of drought, abnormally dry, which covers just over 83 percent, increased by about 5 percent from last week.

The most severe drought has slightly grown from 6.1 percent from last week to now 6.51 percent. Hot Springs, Pine Ridge, Sioux Falls, and Canton are included in this level.

The state has not seen extreme drought yet, but it is not too far away. Parts of northwest Nebraska and east-central Wyoming are under the severe drought.

These conditions look to grow has little, or no rainfall is in the forecast.