August Precipitation Below Normal So Far

After months of fairly active and moist weather across western and central North Dakota, most locations are reporting below normal precipitaion for the month of August. This is especially true across the Knife, Heart and Little Missouri River Basins, where August precipitation is running 0.50 to 1.50 inches below normal. This combined with warm temperatures seen across the area has lead to large amounts of vegetation begining to dry, supporting a noticable increase in fire danger. Shown below is the precipitation thus far across North Dakota. Of note is the upper Heart River, Green River and Little Missouri River Basins near Dickinson and Medora, where less than one half inch of rainfall has been recorded for the month.

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