Hot Weather Expected This Week As Drought Conditions Expand

(KCCR) — Hot weather expected this week could make drought conditions in South Dakota expand even more than they already are. Thursday’s update of the U-S Drought Monitor saw the significant expansion of D-1 Moderate drought condition across western South Dakota. Moderate drought is depicted in all of Harding, Butte, Lawrence, Pennington, Custer, Fall River, Oglala Lakota and parts of Meade, Perkins and northwest Corson County. Abnormally dry conditions are being seen east of there in Jackson, Haakon, Zeibach, western parts of Mellette, Jones and Stanley Counties, along with Bennett, Todd, Dewey, Walworth, Campbell and Corson Counties. Areas of abnormally dry soil are also being reported along the Minnesota/South Dakota border and around the Sioux City area in Union County. The week of June 16th five-point-seven percent of South Dakota was in moderate drought. Last week that expanded to 23-point-three percent.