Drought Conditions Continue Shift To East River Areas

Drought conditions across South Dakota continue to shift from the west to the east. The latest U-S Drought Monitor released Thursday shows areas of West River that had been under various levels of drought for nearly a year and now being listed as only abnormally dry. They include parts of Meade, Harding, Perkings, Corson and Ziebach Counties. Abnormally dry conditions have expanded well south of Interstate 90 East River. The impact of heavy rains in the Southeast are picked up on the latest map and may show some reduction next week. D-1, Moderate drought now extends through all of Beadle County and into parts of Hand, Jerauld, Sanborn and Kingsbury Counties. D-2 Severe drought has taken over in parts of Brown, Spink, Faulk, Edmunds, Day and Clark Counties. In central South Dakota, abnormally dry conditions are found in eastern Hughes, Sully and Potter Counties, all of Hyde and most of Hand, Buffalo and Brule Counties. No drought is reported this week in most of Hughes, Sully and Potter counties and all of Stanley, Lyman, Jones, Haakon, Mellette and Tripp Counties.