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Missouri River Basin Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of October 11-17

Dry conditions improved in southeastern Nebraska and northeastern Kansas. Much of the Dakotas continued to see improvements, with recent rainfall helping to slowly alleviate ongoing drought conditions. While there are lingering long-term deficits, local experts in North Dakota observe that farming conditions are currently very good. Montana is experiencing slowly improving conditions, including vegetation and soil moisture. However, in Valley, Roosevelt, and McCone Counties, empty stock ponds remain and there are still large cracks in the soil. This week, conditions improved enough such that exceptional drought (D4, the most dire category) was improved one category to extreme drought (D3). Overall in Montana, large deficits still remain across the state and wildfires still continue to burn in areas.

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U.S. Drought Monitor - Missouri River Basin DEWS

As of October 17, 2017

Author: Jessica Blunden,NCEI/NOAA

U.S. Drought Monitor - Missouri River Basin DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - Missouri River Basin DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
10/17/2017
53.15%46.85%31.22%15.50%4.84%0.00%
Last Week
10/10/2017
51.17%48.83%36.16%21.41%6.18%1.57%
Three Months Ago
7/18/2017
38.21%61.79%39.48%26.53%13.29%1.31%
Start of Calendar Year
1/03/2017
55.38%44.62%16.00%1.41%0.00%0.00%
Start of Water Year
10/03/2017
47.54%52.46%37.55%24.59%7.86%2.93%
One Year Ago
10/18/2016
74.42%25.58%6.95%0.65%0.00%0.00%

Drought Intensities

  •       None: No Drought
  •       D0: Abnormally Dry
  •       D1: Moderate Drought
  •       D2: Severe Drought
  •       D3: Extreme Drought
  •       D4: Exceptional Drought
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