Dry Conditions Expand Across South Dakota

The latest U-S Drought Monitor report shows for the second week that expansion of dry conditions has moved back east. Last week, for the first time in five weeks, the map changed with Abnormally dry conditions moving back across the James River Valley, into the northeast and along and south of State Highway 34 to the Minnesota and Nebraska borders. Abnormally dry conditions are being seen in almost all of Hyde County, Buffalo County, the bulk of Lyman and the east and southeast corner of Hughes County. The remainder of Hughes County is in D-1 Moderate drought. All of Sully County except the extreme southeast corner is also in Moderate drought. Stanley, Potter and Dewey counties are in Moderate drought along with most of Jones County. The southeast corner of Jones County is Abnormally dry. Haakon and Ziebach Counties are seeing three levels of drought from Moderate in the east to Extreme in the west.