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Drought has eased over the past week in North Dakota but still blankets the western part of the state...

     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Drought has eased over the past week in North Dakota but still blankets the western part of the state. The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 63 percent of the state in some form of drought, down from 82 percent last week.
     Areas of extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst categories, have declined from 44 percent to 22 percent. The only part of North Dakota in exceptional drought is now a small area in the northwestern corner.
     The Drought Monitor says precipitation was above normal for much of the Dakotas over the week, but significant long-term dryness still exists. Some ranchers in North Dakota are being forced to drill new water wells, with their existing wells drying up.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum is pushing for a comprehensive study of cloud seeding over complaints from farmers and ranchers that the practice may be making drought conditions worse.
     The Bismarck Tribune reports that Burgum told a meeting of the state Water Commission that a lot of people think the commission is using old and insufficient data to support the program. One of those studies was conducted between 1969 and 1972.
     Six counties and a portion of a seventh participate in the state's weather modification program, which seeds clouds with silver iodide to suppress hail and increase rainfall.
     The budget for the cloud seeding program is about $1 million for 2017, with one-third coming from the state and two-thirds from participating counties. The commission took no action on Burgum's request.


   (Copyright 2017 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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