Northern Plains Dryness
Areas of dryness continue to increase across some areas of the Northern Plains and drought conditions have developed across portions of the Dakotas and eastern Montana. The most recent drought monitor is showing the worst conditions across eastern Montana and North and South Dakota. Most of the rest of nation, however, is in good shape. Some dry areas are developing in Nebraska and some areas of the Southern Plains.
The chart below shows the soil moisture change over the past 90 days. The focus of the dryness has hit the Northern Plains the hardest. Some improvement developed in northeastern Wyoming, however, conditions worsened in eastern Montana and western North Dakota.
There is good news for the dry southeastern states as soil moisture conditions have improved in the past 90 days with possibly more rain on the way.
The dryness has increased wildfire potential in the Southwest and Northern Plains for the month of the July as you can see the graphic below.