A dry May across the region sets a record

May 2006 will rank among the driest on record in several portions of southeast South Dakota, southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska.  Lakefield, Minnesota had the driest May, while it was one of the 5 driest Mays on record for Sioux Center, Iowa, Wakefield, Nebraska, and Sioux City Iowa.  In Sioux Falls, South Dakota, it was the 8th driest May on record. 

Rainfall data is still being compiled from around the region.  As more data becomes available, an updated message will be sent if other cities had one of the 10 driest years on record.

LOCATION          MAY 2006     RANK   DRIEST MAY         PERIOD OF
                  TOTAL                                  RECORD
Lakefield, MN     1.46 in.     1st   *1.84 in 2002       1948-2006
Wakefield, NE     0.76 in.     2nd    0.74 in 1934       1894-2006
Sioux City, IA    0.87 in.     3rd  **0.60 in 1934       1889-2006
Sioux Center, IA  0.99 in.     5th    0.30 in 1925       1899-2006
Sioux Falls, SD   1.02 in.     8th    0.10 in 1934       1893-2006        

* Previous record
** Also occurred in 1955

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