ND Drought conditions updated

According to the Drought Monitor, 96.92 percent of the state is considered to be in some degree of drought classification.
A small area of extreme northwest North Dakota and another small portion of southwest North Dakota are listed as being in severe drought.
“The area of severe drought in the western Dakotas was changed to long-term drought as the impacts are limited to lingering groundwater and long-term precipitation deficits,” says the Drought Monitor.
North Dakota state climatologist Adnan Akyuz recently stated that drought conditions could continue well into 2018.
Much of the state, particularly in the west, endured increasingly dry drought conditions throughout 2017.
The recent soil moisture report from the state Agriculture Department cited a lack of both topsoil and subsoil moisture over more than half the state.
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