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The dreaded d-word: Weather expert says too soon to speak of drought, but it's a possibility in 2012

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It's too soon to use "the d-word," said weather expert Leon Osborne, but "if we have another round of La Niña conditions, then this time next year we may be talking about how we prepare for drought conditions across North Dakota."

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Even without La Niña, a weather phenomenon involving cooling of tropical Pacific water, he said he expected "an abnormally dry set of conditions" will develop by late July or early August, although those conditions aren't expected to extend far into fall.

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