Drought plaguing western South Dakota, northeastern Wyoming

State of emergency declared as recent rains provide minimal relief.

A storm system finally made its way across the northern Plains last week after a persistently hot and dry early June, but reports suggest that while the storm system resulted in slightly lower temperatures and provided some moisture for the region, the impact on drought conditions was minimal.

"After some record warmth in early June and several weeks of dry weather, rainfall finally came to the region this week," South Dakota State University Extension state climatologist Laura Edward

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