Dry conditions persist in West

Dry conditions persist in West Data from July show much of West River is still dealing with dry conditions.

"July in Rapid City was the fifth driest July on record and the third warmest based on average high temperatures," said Dennis Todey, state climatologist for South Dakota State University Cooperative Extension. "We had enough rainfall in the spring to keep things moving along. But then in the first part of July, temperatures spiked up to over 100 in a lot of places and the rainfall tailed off."

Although conditions have been better compared to last year's drought, overall conditions west of the river continue to be drier than average.

"There are some problems out there. It's going to continue to put the pinch on people," Todey said.

For example, Todey said, Cottonwood recorded .40 inch of precipitation in July. Normal rainfall for the month at Cottonwood is 2.26 inches.

Hill City logged .16 inch of precipitation in July. Normal precipitation for July in Hill City is 3.39 inches.

At Oral, just .07 inch of precipitation fell, far short of the normal July precipitation of 2.24 inches.

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