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Water Hole water supply in drought


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from Adnan Akyuz, Ph.D State Climatologist

January 13, 2022

In Summary:

  • Based on the Drought Monitor map published this morning, 54% (no change since last week) of the state is in drought (at least in D1), making 244,983 ND citizens vulnerable to drought (Slide 11).
  • Based on the same map, 22% of the state (no change compared to last week) is in at least a Severe Drought category, and 8% 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 165, which is the same compared to last week (Slide 12)
  • NOAA’s snow analysis shows a lack of snow cover in the southwestern 1/4 of the state (Slide 10). However, the rest of the state shows appreciable snowpack of 2 to 16 inches in portions of the state. More snowpack resides in the northeastern parts of the state.
  • Soil moisture conditions from NASA GRACE indicate no appreciable improvement in soil moisture conditions in the shallow surface layer, root zone, or ground-water despite wetter than average conditions since October (Slides 16 and 17). It shows vulnerability to return of the drought.

See the full report (PowerPoint online) 

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