On Track to Be One of the Most Severe Dry Spells


We need rain.

Nearly 30% of the state in — what’s considered to be — extreme drought.

Conditions are dry…

Allen Schlag, National Weather Service, says, “It’s literally like going out there and you reach down and grab 3 inches of soil and it’s probably powder for a good portion.”

…and North Dakotan’s are not a fan of the drought. 

Shawn Bender, Mandan Resident, says, “I don’t like mother nature right now, I don’t like the sun right now, but I know we need it, it’s to keep our Earth alive, but I’m pretty mad at mother nature.”

Experts say data coming in is pretty dramatic, with a rain deficit all across the state.  

“We’re missing 4.5-5 inches of water for 2017 already,” Schlag.

According to Allen, this drought is similar to the 1930s, a drought that lasted about 10 years.

“Right now we are on track for one of the most severe dry spells obviously since the 1930s,” says Schlag.

Ever hear the phrase, knee high by the 4th of July? Well that involves corn, and this years crops just aren’t growing all due to the dry conditions.

“You can see those fields planted out there where crops never even emerged out of the ground,” says Schlag.

Shawn Bender has lived in North Dakota all his life and doesn’t remember a drought this bad ever before.. and he’s hoping for some rain. 

Bender says, “Everyday, all day, everyday all day.”

To fix this drought rain is needed, but right now, no one’s forecasting what we want to hear. 

“When it comes to the end of the month, July, there’s a really good chance, that July, which is one of our hotter months of the year in the first place we’re going to be above normal,” says Schlag. 

This weather pattern doesn’t look like it’s going to be changing anytime soon, as the end of the month is showing no signs of relief. 

The new drought monitor will come out Thursday morning, and is only expected to get worse. 

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