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2018 ends with improving drought conditions in Blaine County


December 12, 2018

These graphs show a drastic improvement in drought conditions across the state from December of 2017 to November of 2018. Record amounts of snowfall in February across the region greatly helped Blaine County start to recover from D3, Extreme Drought Conditions a year ago to, D0 Abnormally Dry, conditions this November. Currently there are just a few locations in the state with a drought designation of D1 (1.5%) and 6.2%, including Blaine County with D0 status. According to Megan Syner with the National Weather Service, good moisture in May and June will go a long ways towards continually improved drought conditions.

The amount of water available and the fertility of soil has dictated the success of farmers since they first started planting fields way back when.

Through the years we have developed means to improve the yield one can expect a field to provide and the best crop to plant for expected conditions but in the end it all comes down to the amount moisture the region in question receives.

A county by county map of Montana produced in part by the National Weather Service, the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC), The Montana Climate Office and the Montana State Library shows the...

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