Storms bring welcome moisture
Weekend rains haven't broken the drought, said National Weather Service Meteorologist Brad Adams, but precipitation is trending in the right direction.
"With April snows and the rain we've had major improvements in the drought area," Adams said. "Reservoirs and rivers are starting to approach normal. It's obvious the rain is helping."
Thunderstorms that drove through Mitchell late Saturday and early Sunday officially brought 0.67 inches of precipitation to Mitchell, but moisture varied in Mitchell, Adams said, from one-half to one-third inch of rain.
Chamberlain's airport received 0.56 inches of rain, but another area seven miles southwest of town received. 0.87 inches of moisture
Other area totals included: Fulton, 0.41 inches; rural areas north of Mount Vernon, 0.42 inches; White Lake, 1.45 inches; Herrick, 1.14 inches; Lake Andes. 0.73 inches; and Winner, 0.15 inches.
Several trees and limbs went down in the storm, the result of powerful southeast winds that gusted up to 64 mph, but overall damage was relatively light, though there was spotty damage to trees around Mitchell
One fallen tree limb damaged electrical lines in the 400 block of East 12th Street around 12:50 a.m. Sunday. NorthWestern Energy spokesman Tom Glanzer said the incident cut power to about 350 customers in Mitchell and Loomis until 1:40 p.m.
No storm injuries were reported.