The National Weather Service climate prediction center shows much of western South Dakota as unseasonably dry, and all locales in the Northern Black Hills are below average for precipitation, the Black Hills Pioneer reports.
With 8.81 inches since October, Lead has received the most moisture in the Northern Hills but is still below the average of 10.49 inches for that time frame.
Officials say that April, May and June are typically the wettest months of the year, so they hope the region catches up then.
The dry weather contributed to grass fires that broke out near Black Hawk in Meade County on March 20. Crews were able to put the fires out without injuries or damage to structures.
Find weather forecast information about the Northern Hills from the National Weather Service online.