Posted: Aug 24, 2012 7:46 AM by Mike Rawlins - MTN News
Updated: Aug 24, 2012 12:12 PM
This week's Drought Monitor indicates no improvement of the dry conditions being experienced statewide.
Meteorologists at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration say the state is facing short-term and long-term effects.
Short-term effects include impacts on agricultural interests, while long-term impacts can affect the ecology and hydrology of the state.
Right now, just over 40 percent of Big Sky Country is facing a drought, and the extended outlooks through the end of 2012 show the drought conditions continuing or worsening.