Much Of The Dakotas Abnormally Dry Or In Moderate Drought

A winter with little snow has left much of the Dakotas abnormally dry or in moderate drought, though a weather expert says conditions could improve in the coming months.

National Drought Mitigation Center climatologist Brian Fuchs says the number of areas in the Plains states that are snow-free is “unheard of” for this time of year. Fuchs says parts of the Dakotas and Minnesota have been in moderate drought for three months.

The U.S. Drought Monitor shows about three-fourths of the Dakotas in abnormally dry or moderate drought conditions.

Fuchs says the coming months will determine whether summer will be marred by drought. He says there is a greater-than-average chance of precipitation in the region in March, April and May.