May 2009, One of the Driest on Record

May was one of the driest on record for many locations across central and northeast South Dakota. Below are several locations across the area with their May 2009 total precipitation, where it ranked in history, along with the driest May on record and the year it occurred.
 
Location           May Precip       Ranking            Driest May/Year
 
 
Ipswich             0.42                  4th driest           0.03 1900
Blunt                0.85                  4th driest           0.55 2006
Murdo               0.66                  5th driest           0.30 1934
Redfield            0.79                  4th driest           0.36 1952
Aberdeen          0.47                  5th driest           0.25 1900
Columbia 8N     0.84                  3rd driest           0.61 1967 (60 year)
Milbank 2SSW   0.70                 5th driest (t)       0.16 1976
Summit 1W       1.05                  5th driest          0.52 1976 (50 year)
Waubay NWR    0.98                  4th driest          0.56 1967
 


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