Much Needed Rain On The Way, Help Dry Conditions

Over 80% of SD Abnormally Dry, 88% of MN in Drought

It was a mild winter, much of the snow that we did receive quickly melted due to above normal temperatures. Now that we are starting off the spring, the upcoming growing season is upon us and, unfortunately, most of South Dakota and Minnesota is suffering from either abnormally dry conditions or a moderate drought. There is a light at the end of the tunnel, it’s a low pressure system that will bring us some much needed rain.

Cooler Air Returns As Spring Begins

Spring Helps Transition From Winter To Summer

After spending 12 days under an unseasonably warm air mass, cooler air is set to move in as we inch closer to the official start of spring. After spending days in the 60s, 70s even 80s, the thought of snow returning may sound absurd but spring/fall are transition seasons so seeing flakes falling isn’t out of the ordinary.As winter ends and spring begins, the jet stream starts to make its way back north and warmer air replaces the cold, dry air mass that has been sitting over an area for the last couple of months. The same thing happens during fall, except it’s backwards; cold, dry air moves south and replaces the warm air mass that is typical for the spring and summer months.

Unseasonable Warmth Continues As Spring Arrives Early

Ridge Brings Warmth And Quiet Pattern

The first day of spring is March 20th, which means we have a little less than two weeks before we officially end the winter season. However, South Dakota, and much of the Northern Plains, will be under the influence of a strong ridge which means temperatures are not only unseasonably warm but they look to continue through mid-March.