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Water Hole water supply in drought


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from Adnan Akyuz, Ph.D State Climatologist

December 2, 2021

In Summary:

  • Based on the Drought Monitor map published this morning, 71% (no change since last week) of the state is in drought (at least in D1), making 363,320 ND citizens vulnerable to drought (Slide 11).
  • Based on the same map, 43% of the state (a one percent increase compared to last week) is in at least a Severe Drought category, and 9% of the state (no change since last week) is in an Extreme Drought category (Slide 11).
  • This week, the Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI) value is 213, which is a one-point improvement in drought conditions compared to last week (Slide 12)
  • NOAA’s snow analysis shows a lack of snow cover in the southwestern 5/8 of the state (Slide 10).
  • USGS streamflow conditions show that the Red River flows 31% above its median stage in Fargo. The map also indicates that the Missouri River flows 36% below its median stage in Bismarck (Slide 18).
  • Slide 19 shows a drought impact in Mercer County with pictures comparing April and November. This CMOR report is the main reason to justify a one-category degradation of the drought conditions in this area.

See the full report (PowerPoint online) 

Video Playlist: Preparing for and Managing Drought on the Ranch