Drought Conditions Continue to Improve

Updated on Friday June 28, 2013
The next planned update will be in July.


Drought conditions as of June 28. Severe /D2/ drought conditions cover Fall River, western Shannon, extreme eastern Custer and portions of extreme southeastern Pennington counties. Moderate /D1/ drought conditions exist over portions of southern Campbell and southern Weston counties in northeastern Wyoming. Moderate /D1/ drought conditions in western South Dakota include Custer, the rest of Pennington, eastern Meade, southern Ziebach, Haakon, eastern Shannon, Jackson, Bennett, Mellette, Todd and western Tripp counties. In northeastern Wyoming, D0 or abnormally dry conditions cover northern Campbell, northern Weston and southern Crook counties. In western South Dakota, D0 or abnormally dry conditions covers southern Lawrence, western Meade, eastern Butte, southeastern Harding, southern two-thirds of Perkins, northern Ziebach and eastern Tripp counties.  

U.S. Drought Monitor

U.S. Drought Monitor High Plains U.S. Drought Monitor

Summary of Impacts

  • Soil moisture and stock pond levels have improved with the recent moisture. 

Climate Summary

June began wet and the active weather pattern continued for most of the month. Most locations received near average precipitation during June with locations in the Bear Lodge Mountains and northern Black Hills receiving above average rainfall.  Click here for a listing of monthly rainfall reports.

Precipitation and Temperature Outlook

Drier weather will end the month of June. However several storm systems will bring a chance for nearly daily thunderstorms during the first week of July. Temperatures during this time will be close to average. Average July temperatures are in the upper 80s for highs with lows in the middle 50s. Highs in the Black Hills are typically only around 80 degrees. Precipitation amounts range from two to three inches.

Climate Prediction Center Temperature and Precipitation Outlooks

Temperature Outlook Precipitation Outlook

Climate Prediction Center U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook

Hydrologic Summary and Outlook

The table below shows reservoir percent of average capacity and feet from full on June 28 according to the Bureau of Reclamation (USBR).


Percent of Normal

Feet from Full

Angostura 70% 9.9 ft
Belle Fourche 99% 0.2 ft
Deerfield 99% 0.4 ft
Keyhole 83% 3.9 ft
Pactola 99% 0.1 ft
Shadehill 82% 4.6 ft

Questions or Comments

If you have any questions or comments about this drought information please contact,

Melissa Smith
Drought Focal Point
National Weather Service
300 East Signal Drive
Rapid City South Dakota 57701
Telephone 605-341-9271
E-mail melissa.smith@noaa.gov


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.

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