Many Parts Of Central South Dakota Upgraded To Moderate Drought Conditions

(KCCR) — For the first time in many weeks the U-S Drought Monitor for South Dakota has seen a broad expansion of moderate drought into central South Dakota. Most of the state has been in abnormally dry conditions. Those conditions are still being noted in Ziebach, Dewey, Potter, most of Sully and Haakon and the northern one-third of Hyde and Hand Counties. D-1 moderate drought is now depicted across Hughes, most of Stanley, Jones, Lyman, Buffalo, Brule, Jackson, Mellette, Tripp and most of Hyde and Hand Counties. The southeast corner of Haakon County is in moderate drought. Small pockets of D-2 severe drought are seen in the southwest, northwest, north central to northeast and southeast. Extreme drought conditions are noted in southern Oglala Lakota and Fall River Counties and parts of Minnehaha, Lincoln, Union, Clay and Turner Counties.