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This week's drought monitor map for South Dakota.
courtesy of U.S. Drought Monitor
This week's drought monitor map for South Dakota.
Overall drought conditions improve in South Dakota over week
The Associated Press - August 10, 2017

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - Overall drought conditions have improved in South Dakota, though spotty rain over the past week led to improvements in some areas and worsening conditions in others.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 77 percent of the state in some stage of drought, down from 82 percent last week.

The Drought Monitor says there was improvement in a one-to-two-county-wide band from northeast to central South Dakota. However, counties along the southwestern edge of South Dakota's drought-afflicted region missed out on the rains and saw an expansion of moderate and severe drought.

There are still no areas of exceptional drought in the state, as there are in neighboring North Dakota.

Farmers and ranchers in several counties are eligible for aid due to disaster declarations in the Dakotas by the federal government.

Meanwhile,

North Dakota received just enough rain in the past week to keep drought conditions from further deteriorating.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 82 percent of the state in some stage of drought, unchanged from last week. Most of central and western North Dakota remains in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories.

The Drought Monitor says there was a small area of improvement to extreme drought in the south central part of the state, but that abnormally dry conditions expanded in eastern North Dakota.

Gov. Doug Burgum earlier this week asked President Donald Trump for a disaster declaration, saying the state is "the epicenter of drought for the nation."



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