There’s a slight reduction in drought conditions for the Northern Plains in the U.S. Drought Monitor, but extreme dryness remains in the Dakotas. “For North Dakota, March was the second driest on record according to data going back 127 years. January through March was also the driest on record for North Dakota and the last six months, too,” said Dennis Todey, director, USDA’s Midwest Climate Hub. “Portions of North Dakota missed out on moisture.” Dry conditions could continue to expand slowly. Looking ahead, the NOAA has cool and dry conditions forecasted going into May. “There’s not strong indications on precipitation, but we also don’t look like we’re going to be hotter than average,” said Todey. “Looking ahead to summer, the outlook puts us into a situation where there’s greater chances to be warmer-than-average and drier across the Northern Plains.”
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