Rain brings little relief to drought-stricken areas

Recent rains brought some relief to areas of the state in severe drought, but not nearly enough.
More than a half inch of rain was recorded by noon Tuesday in most of these areas, including Sioux, Emmons, Grant, Morton and Burleigh counties.
That number moved to about 2.75 inches below average after the recent rain.
This follows .04 inches in 1901, .09 inches in 1934 and .12 inches in 1936.
The forecast shows a daily chance of showers through Friday.
There will be some localized thunderstorms that will be a "hit or miss" with some areas receiving heavier rain than their neighboring towns.
There will be some cool, seasonable temperatures Wednesday, with highs in the 70s and maybe 80s in the eastern part of the state, according to NWS meteorologist Alex Edwards.
Multiple power outages were reported in the eastern part of the state as a result of the storm Tuesday.
Last week, Morton County also banned fireworks.
The U.S. Drought Monitor places most of Morton County and a small portion of Burleigh County in severe drought.

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