North Dakota is drought-free for the first time in six years, reports Adnan Akyuz, North Dakota state climatologist and assistant professor of climatology in North Dakota State University's Soil Science Department.
Consistent rainfall throughout North Dakota has broken the drought that began at the end of 2000, he says.
Since December 2000, North Dakota soils were under some degree of drought. The drought ruled for 78 consecutive months.
The most severe drought occurred during the third week of July 2006, when 100% of the state was experiencing at least moderate drought status on the drought monitor scale.
"During this period, nearly 50% of the entire state was experiencing severe drought or worse."
Severe drought also affected many parts of North and South Dakota in 2002. Agricultural losses were estimated at more than $1 billion for the two states just from the direct impact.
"Drought is a normal feature of our climate" Akyuz says. "The states of North and South Dakota are vulnerable to significant economic losses and environmental degradation resulting from its occurrence."
In comparison, this year North Dakota experienced its 10th wettest spring and sixth wettest May since climatic recordkeeping began in 1895.
"Fargo records show more impressive results," Akyuz says.
Since Jan. 1 Fargo has received 13.99 inches of precipitation, which is 5.98 inches above normal.