Dakota Midday: Spring Outlook From State Climatologist
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center has released its seasonal drought outlook. For April through June, forecasters expect drier than average conditions for the eastern edge of South Dakota. The latest weekly U.S. drought monitor map released on Thursday shows 82 percent of the state as either abnormally dry or in moderate drought conditions.
SDSU Extension Climate Specialist and South Dakota State Climatologist Dennis Todey says drought impacts are being noted in the region, such as drier than average soil moisture, due to lack of fall rains and reductions in surface water supplies. Todey joined Dakota Midday and discussed the spring climate outlook for the state.