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Dry March worsens drought in SE Montana

By Associated Press
Published On: Apr 02 2013 02:54:57 PM MDT
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BILLINGS, Mont. -

Drought conditions in southeastern Montana have worsened due to an unusually dry March.
    
Billings is at the center of the drought, which has been labeled "extreme" by the U.S. Drought Monitor map for most of Yellowstone and Treasure counties.
    
The first three months of the year were the seventh-driest since record keeping began at Billings Logan International Airport 79 years ago.
    
Precipitation in March was just a quarter of the average amount.
    
National Weather Service meteorologist Tom Frieders tells the Billings Gazette (http://bit.ly/Z11igZ ) March is when the region should see more moisture.
    
Below-normal snowpack in the mountains that feed the Yellowstone River also adds to the drought concerns.
    
Brian Domonkos  of the Natural Resources Conservation Service says one piece of good news is that the snowpack hasn't started melting much.