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August 2013 currently (though 8/26) ranks as one of the driest on record at several locations across the Aberdeen forecast area.  Figure 1 below provides a graphical estimation of the accumulated rainfall over the past 30 days (07/28/13 – 08/27/13).  Note that the driest locations are generally found in and along the James River Valley, where less than 0.25” of rainfall has fallen.

Figure 1: Estimated Rainfall over the Last 30 Days 

 

In addition, a tabular listing of several locations that rank as either the record driest or second driest on record are listed below.    

 Aberdeen, SD

Rank

Value

Year

1

0.05

2013*

2

0.06

1947

3

0.24

1996

4

0.33

1970

5

0.44

1982

 

Ipswich, SD

Rank

Value

Year

1

0.11

2013*

2

0.18

1972

3

0.19

1996

4

0.22

1922

5

0.36

1947

 

Columbia (4N), SD - (Sand Lake Refuge)

Rank

Value

Year

1

0.06

2013*

2

0.25

1970

3

0.43

1961

4

0.52

1997

5

0.61

1979

 

Watertown, SD

Rank

Value

Year

1

0.39

1907

2

0.48

2013*

3

0.50

2001

4

0.57

1915

5

0.62

1962

 

Webster, SD

Rank

Value

Year

1

0.29

1970

2

0.37

2013*

3

0.83

1958

4

0.88

2001

5

0.91

1976

 

* This data is preliminary as there are still several days left in August 2013.  This chart will be updated as time allows.