North Dakota Water Science Center
|Date||Area Affected||Recurrence Interval||Remarks|
|1885-86||Western part of State||Unknown||Especially severe in 1886; crops poor.|
|1929-42||Statewide||25 to 74 years||Regional drought.|
|1952-62||Statewide||26 to 50 years||Less-than-normal runoff in several consecutive years.|
|1972-77||James River and Beaver Creek||5 to 58 years||Localized drought in south-central part of State.|
|1980-81||Parts of the Red River of the North and Missouri and James River Basins||5 to 58 years||Less-than-normal runoff for 2 years.|
|1988-92||Statewide||19 to 54 years||Warm, dry conditions that resulted in less-than-normal streamflow across the State.|
Ryan, G.L., Klapprod, L.A., 1991, North Dakota floods and droughts: U.S. Geological Survey Water-Supply Paper 2375, p. 435-442.
Williams-Sether, Tara, Macek-Rowland, K.M., and Emerson, D.G., 1994, Climatic and hydrologic aspects of the 1988-92 drought and the effect on people and resources of North Dakota: North Dakota State Water Commission Water Resources Investigation 29, 57 p.
Williams-Sether, Tara, 1999, From dry to wet, 1988-97, North Dakota: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet FS-075-99, 4 p.