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April Precipitation Helping Drought Conditions

Officials say snow and rain in the past month have improved drought conditions in much of South Dakota, but soil deep below the surface is still very dry.  State Climatologist Dennis Todey says a two-week dry spell would create conditions that are tough, but not as bad as last year.  All of South Dakota is at least abnormally dry.  Two-thirds of the state is rated in severe or extreme drought.  None of South Dakota is in the highest category of exceptional drought.  Mitchell set a snowfall record in April after 23.3 inches of snow fell during the month.  The previous record had been 20.3 inches set in April 2008.

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