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Drought worsens in NW North Dakota with warm temps forecast

October 1, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The drought worsened in northwestern North Dakota over the past week, but conditions in all other regions of the state are holding steady.

Parts of the northwest that were in severe drought last week are now in extreme drought, the second-worse of four categories, according to this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor map. A small pocket of exceptional drought — the worst category — remained in Golden Valley County in the southwest, the Bismarck Tribune reported.

All of North Dakota except the very southeastern tip remained in some form of drought.

“Almost the entire (Northern Plains) region was dry this week with only light precipitation recorded in portions of the region,” National Drought Mitigation Center Climatologist Brian Fuchs wrote. “Most all of the region was at or above normal for temperatures this week with the warmest readings in the Dakotas, where temperatures were 6-8 degrees above normal.”

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Record and even historic heat blanketed much of North Dakota early this week. Dickinson on Tuesday hit 100 degrees. The National Weather Service said it appears to be the latest in the year that any weather station in the state has recorded a triple-digit temperature.

A cold front pushed through the region Wednesday, bringing more seasonal temperatures and a little rain. But above-normal temperatures are likely again next week, according to Fuchs and the weather service office in Bismarck.