Updated on Thursday, August 30, 2012
The next planned update will be in September.
Drought conditions as of August 30. Extreme /D3/ drought conditions are located across portions of northeastern Wyoming and western South Dakota. This includes Weston County and southeastern Campbell County in northeastern Wyoming as well as Fall River, Shannon, Bennett, western Todd, western Custer, eastern Pennington, southeastern Meade, Haakon, Jackson, extreme western Mellette, and extreme southern Ziebach counties in western South Dakota. Severe /D2/ drought conditions are located across the rest of northeastern Wyoming, Butte, Lawrence, central Ziebach, Tripp, and the rest of Meade, Pennington, Custer, Mellette, and Todd counties. Moderate /D1/ drought conditions include the counties of Harding, Perkins, and northern Ziebach counties.
The outlook for September indicates a greater chance of above average temperatures with equal chances of average, above average, and below average precipitation. Average September high temperatures are in the lower to middle 70s with average low temperatures in the middle to upper 40s. Average precipitation for September is one to two inches.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, streamflows over the past 28 days are below normal. Some smaller creeks and streams have begun to dry up.
The table below shows reservoir percent of average capacity on August 29 according to the Bureau of Reclamation (USBR).
|Reservoir||Percent of Normal||Feet from Full|
|Belle Fourche||44%||14.8 ft|
If you have any questions or comments about this drought information please contact,
Drought Focal Point
National Weather Service
300 East Signal Drive
Rapid City South Dakota 57701
The drought monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) and National Climatic Data Center, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), state and regional center climatologists, and the National Drought Mitigation Center. Information for this statement has been gathered from NWS and Federal Aviation Administration observation sites, state cooperative extension services, USDA, USBR, and USGS.