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As of Sept. 1, the entire area of Perkins and Hayes counties is experiencing an “exceptional drought,” the most severe category of drought listed by the U.S. Drought monitor.

Drought conditions have persisted for most of this year’s growing season in Perkins and portions of neighboring counties. According to the High Plains Regional Climate Center, areas of Perkins County have received only five to eight inches of precipitation since Jan. 1, roughly 10 inches below normal.

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