The light rains in the forecast aren’t expected to provide much improvement to the dry soil conditions in the Dakotas. Those dry conditions may carry into 2022. North Dakota State University’s State Climatologist Adnan Akyuz says looking ahead at the longer-term forecast, a warm fall may be the story until we reach La Nina. “All the way into the winter. That would be the normal course of the trend, considering North Dakota is moving into another La Nina winter.” Akyuz thinks the impact of the drought in North Dakota will carry into the next growing season. In South Dakota, Extension State Climatologist Laura Edwards is also concerned about the persisting dry conditions. “In the last month, things have improved, but we have lingering long-term shortages in soil moisture. Stock dams and surface water sources are still low for this time of the year.”
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