"Severe" drought now affecting northeast Montana
"Severe" drought now affecting northeast Montana.
A considerable lack of rain is having major impacts on farmers and ranchers in eastern Montana.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows a "severe" drought has developed in northeast Montana.
As of last Thursday, 10% of Montana is now in a severe drought, with 64% of the state experiencing "abnormally dry" conditions.
April – June are normally the wettest months of the year for Montana, and some counties in northeast Montana haven’t received much rain at all in recent weeks.
Glasgow has only recorded 2.68" of precipitation so far in 2017.
The normal-to-date is 5.29", which means the city is running up a deficit closing in on 3".
Without the much-anticipated rain in late spring, this area could be dealing with a crippling drought come late summer.
Some farmers and ranchers in eastern areas have reported that dry conditions are prompting them to sell cow/calf pairs due to poor grazing conditions.
The short-term outlook isn’t good, either.