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
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