Dry enough for you? According to UNL’s U.S. Drought Monitor, since last week, drought has expanded in South Dakota, with a fair chunk of north central South Dakota now reaching the third step—”Severe Drought”—on the five-step drought scale:
Dry conditions prevail over all of North Dakota and almost everywhere in South Dakota except the area where Patrick Lalley thinks Billie Sutton should do all of his campaigning.
50.52% of South Dakota is in that orange D2 range. 78.92% of our state is in D0–D2, 20 percentage points more than last week. By UNL’s figuring, those dry conditions include 50.7% of our state’s population.
By those numbers, this drought is not unusual. More South Dakotans were living under drought conditions last August, through the winter and spring of 2015, and briefly during the planting season in 2014.