Climatology

2022 South Dakota wildfire season could be one of the worst on record

Small talk about the weather generally circles around two topics: how nice it is and how unusual it is.

In South Dakota, where multiple seasons can be experienced in a single day, the conversation often ties into a practical theme, whether you’re talking to a farmer or a meteorologist: “we could use some rain.”

A blizzard in northwestern South Dakota brought much needed moisture to the area late April, and the eastern part of the state benefited from storms over the weekend.

Still, this summer’s fire season outlook does not look optimistic, according to Darren Clabo, state fire meteorologist and research scientist at South Dakota Mines.

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