National Weather Service in Bismarck expects drought to continue after winter storm

The storm will provide a good amount of relief, but there's still a long way to go.

The current drought map of North Dakota, which shows the still severe drought in much of the western part of the state.
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BISMARCK — According to the National Weather Service in Bismarck, the high amount of moisture in the storm that has continued to slam much of western North Dakota will not be a "drought buster."

A meteorologist with the service said it will provide two inches of moisture in some areas of the state, but that's nowhere near the three to six inches needed to pull the state out of it.

However, it will be a big help.

"It's definitely beneficial. It's going to help the drought conditions, that's topsoil, moisture deficits go back a long time over the last two years. So it'll take more, but it's a fantastic start in that direction," said Chauncey Schultz, meteorologist at National Weather Service in Bismarck.

Even though it won't be enough, and it provides a big inconvenience, they will take any moisture they can get.


"Once we all dig out, we know that the moisture eventually will melt and be beneficial," Schultz said. "Hopefully, it will soak in gently into the soils in the western parts of the state, and certainly the soils have room to give and take in that moisture."

It's a sign to be hopeful in a state that has seen little moisture in the past two years.

Ben Morris joined WDAY in June of 2021 as a news reporter. He grew up in southern New Hampshire, before he moved to Fargo. He majored in media communications and minored in marketing at the University of Toledo in Ohio.
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