KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

Drought Loosening Its Grips In South Dakota



Bookmark and Share

For the first time in 8 months, no part of South Dakota is in an exceptional drought. Thanks, in large part to a string of storms that have rolled through the area in the past couple of weeks. But, with most of the precipitation being frozen, the ground isn't seeping up as much h2o as it could.

 

April 19th, in South Dakota, cold and snow covered. Out of the ordinary for the Mount Rushmore State? No. 

 

But, the drought's grip is loosening. Even if the April showers were snow showers.   

 

“A good portion of the moisture will enter the soil. Some of it will run off and not into the soil,” said Dennis Todey.

 

The Climatologist at South Dakota State University is seeing signs of improvement. But, says things would be better for farmers if this spring's snow fell as rain.

 

“We would rather be having this fall as rainfall rather than snowfall because it would be doing much more befit than it would be snowfall,” said Todey.

 

Most people would agree with Todey when he says the cold has got to go.

 

“We need to warm it up. We can melt the snow off, get the soils warmed and then let the soils dry off sufficiently. Just, to get the farmers out in the field because we do need additional moisture. So, that would be the best case scenario,” said Todey.

 

While the drought is less severe now, there is still a deficit.   

 

“We really don't think we have anything in that most severe category, right now. We still have water deficits; we still need to deal with. And soil moisture deficits we need to improve before we start to say things are really good,” said Todey.

 

And when the snow melts, and the next storm brings just rain, the parched soil will soak most of it up.   

 

“It truly is amazing how dry some of our soil is. I've been joking about when it does start raining here, there will be this giant sucking noise,” joked Todey.

 

The drought is by no means over. But, for most of South Dakota, April's storms brought some much needed moisture.

 

32% of South Dakota is still considered to be in an extreme drought. Most of that area is west of the Missouri River.

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

MOA Officials 'Disappointed' With Protestors

Mall of America officials released a statement Saturday saying they are ...

Reactions To Sony Cancelling, "The Interview"  story with video

Days after Sony Pictures decided to pull the movie, “The Interview," from theaters, ...

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping At Pop-Up Store  story with video

With only five days until Christmas, this weekend is a busy time for ...

Great Bear Reopens After Five-Day Shutdown  Dec. 20

Christmas Comes Early For Commuters  Dec. 20

2 NYC Cops Fatally Shot Inside Patrol Car  Dec. 20

4 Guns Confiscated At IA Airport This Year  Dec. 20

IA Flu Hospitalization Doubles In Recent Weeks  Dec. 20

Police Brutality Protestors At Mall Of America  Dec. 20

Huron Man Claims Wild Card 2 $6,000 Prize  Dec. 20

Pierre HS Team Wins Lakota Knowledge Bowl  Dec. 20

Man Gets 2 Years For Unregistered Firearm   Dec. 20

State Seeks Options For Juvenile Offenders  Dec. 20

100 Gather For SD Anti-Police Brutality March  Dec. 20

Rapid City Man Killed In 3 Vehicle Crash  Dec. 20

Updates In Sisseton Shooting Investigation  story with video  Dec. 19

SD Democrats Looking For New Executive Director  Dec. 19

Free Toys Available To Parents In Sioux Falls  Dec. 19

Luverne Schools Fight The Flu  story with video  Dec. 19

Cuban Cigars Could Make Their Way To Local Shops  story with video  Dec. 19

KDLT News Archive
     

Last-Minute Holiday Shopping At Pop-Up Store  story with video

With only five days until Christmas, this weekend ...

Police Brutality Protestors At Mall Of America

Demonstrators chanted "black lives matter" as they ...

2 NYC Cops Fatally Shot Inside Patrol Car

Police say two New York City officers have died ...

Man Gets 2 Years For Unregistered Firearm   Dec. 20

Rapid City Man Killed In 3 Vehicle Crash  Dec. 20

Reactions To Sony Cancelling, "The Interview"  story with video  Dec. 20

4 Guns Confiscated At IA Airport This Year  Dec. 20

MOA Officials 'Disappointed' With Protestors  Dec. 20

KDLT News Archive
     

Jacks Down Utah State To Win World Vision Classic  story with video

LOGAN, UTAH – Utah State entered Saturday's World ...

PENTAGON CLASSIC: O'Gorman Tops Western Christian, Washington Falls  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D.   --  The top-ranked O'Gorman Knights ...

O'Gorman Boys Bounce Back Against Watertown  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D.   --  One night after dropping a heartbreaker to ...

Moorhead Wins High Scoring Affair With Northern  story with video  Dec. 20

Roosevelt Rally Falls Short At Pentagon Classic  story with video  Dec. 20

Cougars Sweep Mustangs In Sioux Falls  story with video  Dec. 20

Rozell Scores 1,000th Career Point In Warner Rout  story with video  Dec. 20

Confident Coyotes Set Scoring Record  story with video  Dec. 19

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top