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NDSU Extension develops and updates resources to help farmers and ranchers cope with conditions. Contact your NDSU Extension county office if you have questions or want additional information.

 

Latest Update

Adnan Akyuz, Ph.D State Climatologist

September 17, 2020 PowerPoint

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09/17/20 

In Summary:

  • Based on the DM map published this morning, 33% of the state is in at least Moderate Drought, a 2% increase compared to last week. 3% of the state is in Severe Drought (Slide 10).
  • Another week with no precipitation in western ND prompted a D2 (severe drought) area over Divide and Williams counties (Slide 10).
  • The statewide drought conditions worsened by 13 DSCI points compared to last week (Slide 13).
    • Outlooks:
      • The weeks one and two forecasts show a drier and warmer-than-average week ahead (Slide 22 and 23).
      • Weeks three and four are also pointing towards a warmer and drier-than-average Sep.26-Oct 9 period (Slide 24).
      • Based on the CPC’s Monthly Outlook published this morning, ND has a better chance of having warmer than the average October (Slide25)
      • CPC also rolled out its seasonal forecast this morning. It gives ND a better chance of having warmer than the average October-through-December period. (Slide 26).
       

 

Grass-Cast 

An experimental grassland productivity forecast that shows you the percent change in grassland production for your area this summer compared to Its 38-yr Average.

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grass cast maps 6-02-20

 

Weather Conditions Updated Every 5 Minutes

The North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN) posts weather data every 5 minutes in all stations in the network. The data can be accessed as a table or map.

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