Double whammy of storms has silver lining - moisture - KOTA Territory News

Double whammy of storms has silver lining - moisture

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An April double-header of spring snow storms plagued our region with a devastating blow.

The first storm, just over a week ago, brought more than 22 inches of snow to downtown Rapid City, causing the town to shut down for two days.

A second round this week didn't bring as much snow but it still brought much needed moisture.

Now, thanks to wetter conditions, the drought has significantly improved.

South Dakota and Wyoming are now free from the exceptional drought category, which just two weeks ago, covered more than 20 percent of South Dakota and ten percent of the cowboy state.

Nebraska saw its exceptional drought decrease from more than 75 percent, down to just 8 percent in the last two weeks.

In South Dakota, the areas in extreme drought fell from more than 65 percent, down to just below 33 percent. This is all thanks to the two recent storm systems which have brought anywhere from one and half inches to two inches of liquid moisture.

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