Its not just western ND. According to the drought monitor, virtually the entire state is in at least stage 2 drought, or worse.Looks awful dry to me.
Pretty much the whole state is in rough shape, moisture wise. Some areas have had some sizable thunderstorm rains over the last couple weeks but that's merely a bandaid. https://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/CurrentMap/StateDroughtMonitor.aspx?NDWhat about the NW section of the state?