Kimberly Wynn / Bismarck Tribune
BISMARCK—Morton and Burleigh counties are two of 21 primary counties that have been designated as natural disaster areas due to continuing drought, according to a letter sent to Gov. Doug Burgum from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on May 25. Perdue said there were significant production losses, and such a designation allows farm operators to apply for federal assistance through the Farm Service Agency. Farmers, who have eight months to apply, must meet eligibility requirements to be considered.
BISMARCK—The drought North Dakota experienced in 2017 could continue into 2018, according to Adnan Akyuz, state climatologist and professor of climatological practice at North Dakota State University. That may be the case, even though the Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a greater chance for wetter and colder than normal weather in February and March, he said.
BISMARCK — The drought that held North Dakota in a tight grip even before summer began, receded in many parts of the state during the past week as a stripe of heavy rain cut across the region from the central High Plains into the eastern Dakotas. With .64 inch falling in the Bismarck and Mandan areas in the past week, rain totals for the year have accumulated to 13.03 inches, according to Weather Underground. Average rainfall for the year to date is 15.27 inches.
WAHPETON, N.D. — Wahpeton in Richland County has the distinction of sitting amid the only strip of land in North Dakota that has not been rated abnormally dry or worse by the U.S. Drought Monitor this week. Pastor Matthew Tooman, of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Wahpeton, digested the news in a humble manner on Thursday, Aug. 10.