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Soybean Crops in Emmons County
Drought in North Dakota has had a significant impact on crops there over summer of 2017, such as these soybeans in Emmons County. NDSU Extension photo

Will the drought conditions in North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana improve anytime soon? Experts discuss the answer at the August 17 North Central Climate Summary and Outlook webinar later this month.

Meanwhile, NIDIS and its partners offer webinars on drought-related conditions in regions where the situation is not so extreme – for now. Those include the Colorado River and Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basins, and the Pacific Northwest each month. When conditions warrant the webinars may occur more frequently. All are free and open to the public, and most offer opportunities for a question-and-answer period after the presentations.

What’s on tap for August:

August 15, 2017
10 a.m. MDT: Climate, Water and Drought Assessment for the Intermountain West. Updated information assessing climate, water and drought of the Upper Colorado River Basin and adjacent areas. Sponsored by the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University with support from NIDIS. Register at the Colorado Climate Center. Links to current and past assessments are available at:

1 p.m. EDT: Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint River Basin Drought Assessment Webinar. Information on the climate, water and drought status of the ACF Basin. For more information, contact Eric Reutebuch. To connect, use; for audio, dial in:  877-922-7940, code: 8292275#. Sponsors are the Auburn University Water Resources Center and NIDIS.

August 17, 2017
1 p.m. CDT: North Central U.S. Climate Summary and Outlook Webinar. Topics include recent climate trends, events, variability, impacts, and outlooks for the coming weeks and months.​ Register at

August 28, 2017
11 a.m. PDT: Pacific Northwest Drought & Climate Outlook Webinar. Information on current drought status and impacts, as well as a preview of current and developing climatic events (i.e. El Niño and La Niña). Register at