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Laura Edwards

SDSU Extension State Climatologist


SDSU Extension Aberdeen Regional Center
13 2nd Ave SE
Aberdeen, SD 57401

Laura supports the citizens of South Dakota in her role as the SDSU Extension State Climatologist based in Aberdeen.

Also by Laura Edwards

Color-coded map of the United States showing Precipitation outlook for October to December 2021. Odds are leaning towards drier than average conditions for most of South Dakota in the coming three months.

2021 Fall and Early Winter Climate Outlook

The latest monthly and seasonal climate outlooks were released Sept. 16, 2021 by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center. Forecasters are pointing towards a warmer than average October, with odds leaning towards drier conditions for the last few months of the year.

Vast winter prairie on the Rosebud Reservation.

Climate Resilience Toolkit for the Northern Plains Region

In September 2021, the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit announced the publication of a new Northern Great Plains Region section. The new section can help producers recognize climate hazards, assess vulnerabilities and confront risks.

Color-coded drought monitor map of South Dakota. As of Aug. 31, Northwest and North Central South Dakota arefacing extreme drought, while the rest of the state is under abnormally dry to severe drought conditions. A Small portion of the northeast has adequate moisture.

September Drought Hour Examines Cover Crops, System Strategies

September 08, 2021

While portions of South Dakota saw some reprieve from the drought last week, the climate outlook for September through November is leaning towards drier than average conditions and warmer than average temperatures.