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"Severe" drought now affecting northeast Montana

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U.S. Drought Monitor - as of Thursday, June 15 U.S. Drought Monitor - as of Thursday, June 15
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A considerable lack of rain is having major impacts on farmers and ranchers in eastern Montana.

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows a "severe" drought has developed in northeast Montana.

As of last Thursday, 10% of Montana is now in a severe drought, with 64% of the state experiencing "abnormally dry" conditions.

April - June are normally the wettest months of the year for Montana, and some counties in northeast Montana haven't received much rain at all in recent weeks.

Glasgow has only recorded 2.68" of precipitation so far in 2017. The normal-to-date is 5.29", which means the city is running up a deficit closing in on 3".

Without the much-anticipated rain in late spring, this area could be dealing with a crippling drought come late summer.

Spring wheat conditions are rated poor or very poor in 31% of Montana and 22% of pasture and range conditions are in poor to very poor shape.

Some farmers and ranchers in eastern areas have reported that dry conditions are prompting them to sell cow/calf pairs due to poor grazing conditions.

The short-term outlook isn't good, either.

Experts are calling for drier-than-average conditions across most of Montana in the next two weeks, with warmer-than-average temperatures, too.

Significant rain is needed to wipe away the worsening drought over eastern Montana, but it doesn't appear it'll be coming in the near future.

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