KHRT ND News – 08/10/21

KHRT NEWS – TUESDAY – 081021 – 0700
BISMARCK, ND – The latest Drought Briefing released over the weekend by the National Weather Service says exceptional drought, the worst category, continues across parts of central North Dakota, with some worsening of drought conditions across the state over the past couple of weeks. Forecasters say drought will persist through August and into the fall, although some areas could see improvements in drought conditions due to summer rains.
Since October 1st, 2020, North Dakota has been warmer and much drier than average. Summer rain has helped with deficits, although rain has been rather limited the past couple of weeks. Temperatures were well above average through July, with the trend for above average temperatures expected to continue through August. Rain has been limited over the past 14 days, especially north of Interstate 94. This is reflected in soil moisture being well below average, and some worsening of drought conditions across the state.
August is favored for both above average temperatures and below average precipitation across all of North Dakota. Although some areas have fared well and received timely beneficial rains this summer, most areas have not. Limited precipitation over the past two weeks has led to drought conditions worsening across parts of the state. The fall season continues the trend for above average temperatures, while there is only a weak signal for below average precipitation. La Niña conditions are possible this coming winter, which favors colder than average temperatures across our region during the winter. However, La Niña conditions do not have much influence on wintertime precipitation amounts.
The impacts to agriculture continue to climb as lack of forage is leading ranchers to reduce their herds all while the cutting of failed cash crops, such as corn, for hay is quickly spreading across the state. Water quality concerns due to evaporative concentration and harmful algal blooms remain a significant threat to wildlife and livestock in smaller lakes, wetlands and water supply features. Regrettably, even if there was a return to near normal precipitation for this time of year, there is no reason to believe these problems will go away anytime soon, and are now likely to persist going into winter. The region would need a persistent near normal to above normal precipitation pattern to alleviate most of these concerns.
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Doug Burgum signed an executive order on Monday waiving hours of service restrictions for drivers of commercial vehicles transporting hay, water and livestock to help livestock producers battling extreme drought conditions across North Dakota.
Drought conditions continue to worsen across North Dakota, with the latest U.S. Drought Monitor rating 14% of North Dakota in exceptional drought, 46% in extreme drought, 38% in severe drought and 2% in moderate drought. The National Weather Service predicts drought will persist through August and into the fall.
Livestock producers running short on water and feed have been forced to sell off parts of their herds or bring in supplemental supplies, including from out of state, requiring commercial truck drivers to move hay and water in significantly greater volumes across North Dakota.
“Ensuring that supplemental water and feed can be delivered in a timely fashion is critical for North Dakota ranchers struggling with shortages of both due to devastating drought,” Burgum said. “With no relief from extremely dry conditions in sight, waiving the hours of service will allow commercial haulers to move the additional food and water that livestock producers need to maintain their herds and make it easier for ranchers to move their herds.”
The order, issued in consultation with state Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring, will remain in effect for 30 days. All road safety and vehicle compliance regulations still apply. The executive order serves as a permit and must be carried in vehicles operating under the hours of service waiver.
BISMARCK, ND – Stormy weather occured across eastern North Dakota on Monday night. Near Grand Forks a peak wind gust of 69 MPH was reported. Radar estimated 3.50 inches of rain in Langdon as storms rolled through. Near Bowdon 3 inch hail was reported and Fessenden had 2.75 inch hail. There were at least four reports of funnel clouds or tornadoes including around Sharon, Grand Forks and Thompson.
BISMARCK, N,D, (AP) – Members of a Bismarck-based North Dakota Army National Guard unit who were called to active duty in Washington, D.C. late last year have begun returning home. Seventy soldiers with Company C, 2nd Battalion of the 285th Aviation Regiment were deployed last November to the nation’s capital. The unit flies the UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, and the mission was to transport personnel and light cargo within what’s known as the National Capital Region. The Bismarck Tribune reports that family members, friends and Guard leaders were at the Bismarck, Fargo, Grand Forks and Minot airports over the weekend to welcome home the first of the returning soldiers. A ceremony to officially welcome home the soldiers and thank them for their service is planned in late October.
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