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Total Drought Area Still Around 90% Of South Dakota


High overnight temperatures combined with a continued lack of rainfall are making drought conditions across the state worse. 

Laura Edwards is the state climatologist. She says the higher night-time temperatures have an effect on plant growth. 

“We see our plants stress a lot, from garden and lawns all the way to row crops of corn and soybeans, really stressing a lot on those hot days,” Edwards says. 

Edwards says not being able to cool off enough at night is also a problem for animals and people without air conditioning. 

The U.S. drought monitor updates every Thursday and can be found at https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?SD 

This story comes from a recent interview on SDPB's weekday radio program, "In the Moment." Listen to the full interview below.