Pierre, SD weather

April Predicted To Be Wetter Than Average

Monday, March 20, 2017

April is more likely to be wetter than average, according to the most recent climate outlook by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center.

South Dakota State Climatologist Dr. Laura Edwards says "Of anywhere in the United States, the highest likelihood of wetter conditions is in our area. There is a bulls-eye in eastern South Dakota that is projected to have wetter conditions than average in April."

Edwards added that April precipitation has proven to be critical for pasture, forage and hay production throughout the state. Due to the above-freezing temperatures throughout February and early March, the soils are now able to absorb some more moisture. 

No regions in South Dakota are at risk for substantial flooding at this time. The temperature outlook for April shows warmer than average conditions favored to our south and eastern portions of the U.S. but Edwards said it less clear for South Dakota. 

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