|Drought Eases In Eastern U.S.|
December 5, 2013
By WeatherBug's Luke Paris
|Several weather systems provided plenty of rain for the Southern and Eastern U.S. last week, which assisted in mitigating the drought. Elsewhere, cool temperatures caused the drought to remain unaltered. |
The Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley saw much-needed rainfall last week that helped alleviate the dryness across eastern Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi. On the other hand, expansions of moderate and severe drought were made across the Texas Panhandle due to lack of rain. Further north, the Central and Northern Plains remained unchanged due to cool temperatures that prevented drought expansion.
Copious rainfall that slammed the Eastern U.S. the days prior to Thanksgiving helped reduce the low-level drought in the Northeast and Southeast. Spotty rain in Alabama led to the slight expansion of the drought. Much of the Midwest stayed status-quo as below-normal temperatures persisted.
Scattered rainfall in the Pacific Northwest led to the expansion of the low-level drought in the Cascade Mountains. The rest of the Western U.S. remained unchanged. Next week, above-average precipitation is expected for the majority of the U.S., as well as below-average temperatures, which both will help ease dry spots.
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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor
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