Drought Monitor, Precipitation Update, and Checking in on Utqiagvik

Meteorologist Erik Dean discusses the latest drought monitor as well as where we stand now for the year.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful Thursday. Well, did Mother Nature wake anyone else up around 1 AM? It sure woke me up. I think I did what the majority of my family would do in this situation; and that’s go outside and sit on the porch with a nice glass of fresh brewed sweet tea and watch it roll on by.

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I want to give a special shoutout to the fine folks in Utqiagvik, Alaska (formerly known as Barrow) where on Wednesday, May 11th, 2022, the sun came up. So you’re sitting here thinking to yourself ” Well…duh Erik, we always see some form of daylight.” Here’s what’s different about it. It rose at 2:58 AKDT and it’s not going to set again there until August 2nd. Just think about this; over 80 days of 24 hour daylight. Something tells me that blackout curtains in houses or apartments are a must have if you live there. To see a live view of Utquagvik, you can visit the University of Alaska Fairbanks Sea Ice Webcam by clicking here.

Well, it’s Thursday, so let’s go over the drought situation for the week. We’ll start off by looking at the drought monitor as it is now updated.

Drought Cc1

Well, East River is still pretty much in the clear. We still have an extreme drought over portions of Ziebach and Haakon County. The majority is still in a moderate to severe drought. The rain that we received yesterday is not reflected in this map. That will be reflected next week.

Precip Ytd Departure Cc1
Precipitation: The latest precipitation map agrees with the above map. Again, the big winner is Sisseton at 3.25″ above normal for the year. 2.43″ in Aberdeen, Watertown and Mobridge, you’re hanging in there, and even Gillette, you’re above normal.

Hopefully the rain we’ve received yesterday and even today puts a nice dent in that deficit number for everyone still below normal.

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