Although rain has predominated the forecast in the region for the past week, the northern Black Hiills are still below average precipitation levels for this time of year, reports the Black Hills Pioneer. A reduced number of spring blizzards coupled with an early melt have left the area in a precipitation deficit.
Lead is experiencing the driest conditions in the region, with precipitation levels nearly four inches below average through April of this year. Typically, Lead accumulates 9.05 inches of precipitation between January and April. However, this year Lead has only had 5.35 inches of precipitation over the same time period.
Belle Fourche and Spearfish have fared better in the region, as both areas have precipitation levels slightly above their averages at this point in the year. Belle Fourche had 4.25 inches of precipitation while 5.0 inches fell in Spearfish—both slightly above their averages of 3.95 and 4.87 inches, respectively.
While other regions in the United States are anticipating a warmer than average summer, North and South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and portions of Missouri and Colorado may experience wetter weather. Additionally, more precipitation has fallen in the central and Southern Black Hills than the northern Hills, which will help to mitigate the risk of wildfires.