The latest outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center indicate that some improvement in drought conditions may be on the way for South Dakota, says Laura Edwards, South Dakota State University extension climate field specialist.
The CPC's outlook shows some improvement likely across all areas of South Dakota, with the exception of a small area of the Black Hills up to Butte County, she says.
"This latest map is much more optimistic than that of two weeks ago, where some improvement was limited to the northeast and eastern counties."
The outlook for April and May indicates overall favoring towards warmer than average temperatures. This may be a sign that April and May could be quite warm following a cool March, she says.
The precipitation outlook for the same period sets South Dakota in between the drier western U.S. and the wetter Great Lakes/Upper Midwest regions.
"This might be good news for planting and the early growing season. Near-average moisture would set the growing season off to a good start," she says.