Drought Conditions Slowly Expanding Across South Dakota

(KCCR) — Drought conditions across South Dakota continue to slowly expand. This week’s update of the U-S Drought Monitor shows area of moderate D-1 level drought expanding in the northeast, southeast and southwest. D-2, Severe Drought is noted across most of Fall River and southern Oglala Lakota Counties. Most central South Dakota counties are in D-O Abnormally Dry status. Moderate drought is located on the map in western Jackson and southwest Haakon County. There are no drought conditions on the map in southern Hand and Hyde Counties; all of Brule, Buffalo and Tripp along with southern Lyman and most of Jones County. Northern Lyman and northern and western Jones are abnormally dry. Moderate drought extends from Ispwitch to Faulkton to Redfield then northeast to the Sisseton area. In the southeast, moderate drought extends from Howard to Flandreau and south from Yankton to Sioux City, Iowa.