Weather for Bismarck, North Dakota
Lat: 46.81N, Lon: 100.78W
Wx Zone: NDZ035 CWA Used: BIS
North Dakota Drought Monitor
The North Dakota Drought monitor is a subset of the United States Monitor, issued every Thursday morning, based on drought conditions the previous Tuesday. The map below shows the current drought level around the state, and the percent of North Dakota land area in each drought level compared to the previous week.
Read an explanation of the drought intensities and what they mean.
North Dakota Hydrologic Information Statement
Note that if drought conditions are not being experienced, or in the case of river flooding or heavy rain, this statement may be used to indicate river flows or flood potential.
000 FGUS73 KBIS 201022 ESFBIS NDZ001>005-009>013-017>023-025-031>037-040>048-050-051-211030- HYDROLOGIC OUTLOOK NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND 522 AM CDT WED AUG 20 2014 /422 AM MDT WED AUG 20 2014/ ...SEVERAL ROUNDS OF HEAVY RAIN THROUGH THE WEEKEND... TWO TO FIVE INCHES OF RAINFALL IS FORECAST ACROSS MUCH OF WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH DAKOTA THROUGH THE WEEKEND. THE FIRST ROUND OF HEAVY RAIN WILL BEGIN THIS AFTERNOON AND END THURSDAY MORNING. ADDITIONAL ROUNDS ARE FORECAST THURSDAY NIGHT THROUGH THE WEEKEND. FOR THE MISSOURI RIVER TRIBUTARIES... THE KNIFE AND HEART RIVERS AND APPLE CREEK WERE HIT PARTICULARLY HARD BY HEAVY RAIN LAST WEEKEND. THESE RIVERS ARE RUNNING WELL ABOVE NORMAL. RAINFALL GREATER THAN ONE INCH MAY RESULT IN OVERLAND FLOODING...POSSIBLY TRANSITIONING INTO FLOODING ALONG SMALL STREAMS AND RIVERS. IN THE SOURIS AND JAMES RIVER BASINS... UNLESS RECEIVED IN A DOWNPOUR...SOILS SHOULD BE ABLE TO HANDLE TWO TO THREE INCHES OF RAIN FROM THE FIRST ROUND OF THUNDERSTORMS TODAY AND TONIGHT. SUBSEQUENT HEAVY RAINS WOULD LIKELY RESULT IN EXCESSIVE RUNOFF...SO OVERLAND AND SMALL STREAM FLOODING IS POSSIBLE. KEEP INFORMED OF THE LATEST WEATHER AND WATER CONDITIONS AT WEATHER.GOV/BIS. $$ SCHECK/TM