Drought Monitor Update: June 24th, 2021

As we approach the 4th of July - Drought conditions continue to hang on in portions of the Black Hills Region.

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  • Here is the updated look as of Thursday, June 24th at the drought situation across West River and Northeastern Wyoming.
  • Northwest South Dakota and Northeastern Wyoming are hot spots that we are focusing on.
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National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

  • In comparing last week (June 15th) to this week, you can see slight improvements to portions of Perkins County, but other areas have seen expansion of drought conditions.
  • The pocket of resistance in the Southern Black Hills is shrinking as abnormally dry conditions start to creep in from the Oglala Grasslands.
  • Northeastern Wyoming has also seen an expansion of extreme drought conditions to now include most of Campbell County.
  • Sever Drought conditions have pushed South to include almost all of Jackson County and a portion of Bennett County.

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  • A stout ridge of high pressure is expected to set up in the Northwest – record breaking heat is expected through a large time period in this region.
  • Although we wont be the bullseye for hot temperatures – we’ll likely see plenty of upper 80s and 90s through the 4th of July in the Black Hills.
  • Any deviation in this forecast could place the ridge of heat closer to our area – so hotter temperatures aren’t out of the question.

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  • With the descending jet stream through our area, we’ll have a less likely chance of seeing rain through the Black Hills Region
  • This could last through the Fourth of July. This is not to see we won’t get *any* rain – but large scale systems will be unlikely and most thunderstorm activity will be isolated.

This is something worth keeping an eye on over the next couple of weeks. Our growing season is drawing to a close, and although we saw a good shot of rain through our area over the last couple of months – it hasn’t been enough to bring us back to normal. Be safe, take extra precautions. We’ll keep an eye on this situation as we progress through the Summer.



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