According to NOAA's SPC, the PRELIMINARY 2017 tornado count is 2012 (through August 3rd). Note that is the most active year for tornadoes since 2011, when there were 1,668 tornadoes. Keep in mind there was a major tornado outbreak in the Gulf Coast region from April 25-28, 2011 that spawned nearly 500 tornadoes, some of which were deadly. That outbreak is known as the Super Outbreak of 2011 and has gone down in history as one of the biggest, costliest and one of the deadliest tornado outbreaks in history.
2.) Heavy rain over parts of South Texas, Thu-Fri, Aug 10-11.
3.) Heavy rain across portions of southern mainland Alaska, Tue-Wed, Aug 8-Aug 9.
4.) Much above-normal temperatures across portions of the Pacific Northwest, the northern Rockies, and the northern Great Basin, Mon-Fri, Aug 7-Aug 11.
5.) Heavy rain across portions of the central and southern Plains, the Middle Mississippi Valley, the Lower Mississippi Valley, Sat, Aug 12.
6.) Slight risk of much above-normal temperatures for portions of the central and northern Great Basin, the Northern Plains, the Northern Rockies, California, and the Pacific Northwest, Sat-Mon, Aug 12-Aug 14.
7.) Moderate risk of much above-normal temperatures for portions of the Pacific Northwest, the Northern Rockies, and the Northern Great Basin, Sat, Aug 12.
8.) Severe Drought across parts of the Great Plains, the Middle Mississippi Valley, California, the Southwest, and Hawaii.
"The drought plaguing eastern Montana and much of North and South Dakota came on quickly and is intensifying, leading ranchers to sell their cattle and farmers to harvest early whatever crops that have grown so far this summer. Just three months ago, no areas of moderate drought were recorded in the Northern Plains region by the U.S. Drought Monitor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. But July's soaring temperatures and lack of rain quickly parched the soil and dried up waterways, creating what climatologists call a "flash drought." Now, 62 percent of North Dakota, more than half of South Dakota and 40 percent of Montana are in severe, extreme or exceptional drought, according to the drought monitor's weekly report released Thursday. There are also pockets of drought in the Southern Plain states of Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Texas. In Montana, 12 percent of the state's land is experiencing "exceptional drought," meaning widespread crop and pasture losses and water-shortage emergencies, mainly in the northeastern part of the state. "We would expect to see conditions that bad once or twice in 100 years," said Deborah Bathke, a climatologist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's National Drought Mitigation Center and a co-author of the drought monitor."
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"Reports of some wheat fields yielding less than 20 bushels per acre and moisture totals for the year comparable to the drought year of 1988 have prompted Mark Watne, president of North Dakota Farmers Union, to request federal disaster payments for crop and livestock farmers. “There have been great efforts to get hay and forage into the hands of ranchers,” Watne said in a press release Thursday. “That won’t fix the financial disaster that is looming.” Watne said the drought disaster includes parts of three states and is comparable to the 1980s. In 1988, the average wheat yield in North Dakota was 14 bushels per acre, according to the North Dakota Wheat Commission website. That is the lowest on record since 1980. The average yield for the last 10 years has been 41.7 bushels per acre."
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(The U.S. Drought Monitor map issued Thursday shows severe drought expanding east across southern Stutsman County, shown in orange on the map. Northern Stutsman County is in moderate drought conditions, shown in tan. Yellow represents abnormally dry areas, while red is extreme drought and the darkest area reflects exceptional drought. Courtesy / National Drought Mitigation Center)
"Not only are these drought conditions impacting corn, soybean, and spring wheat conditions, this intensity is also reflected in the pasture and range conditions released weekly by USDA NASS. Over 50 percent of the pasture and range is in critical conditions, rating poor and very poor, in Montana, North Dakota and South Dakota. Figure 1 maps the degree of pasture and range conditions that were listed as poor and very poor in the Crop Progress report on July 31, 2017. Inadequate pastures have led to cattle moving south much earlier and at lighter weights than are typically seen. Cattle on Feed for June showed large increases in the year over year figures in categories under 800 pounds. Cattle placed under 600 pounds were up 30 percent compared to 2016. In addition, USDA had announced multiple initiatives allowing for emergency grazing on Conservation Reserve Program lands and there have been reports of roadside baling."
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Rain Needed to End Drought
By Paul Douglas
Average Low: 63F (Record: 48F set in 1977)
Daylight LOST since summer solstice (June 20th): ~1 hour & 9 minutes
0.5 Days Until Full "Sturgeon Moon