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Drought Increases For Eastern U.S.
July 10, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Mike Marston
Fresh showers and thunderstorms produced locally heavy downpours across Florida, the Great Lakes, and the northern and central Mississippi Valley. The Southwest also welcomed rain and showers over the past week, as the summer monsoon kicked into gear.
Hurricane Arthur and two cold fronts brought rain to much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. The abnormally dry conditions pocket was trimmed over southeastern New England; however the pocket over the Delmarva Peninsula was left untouched. Southwestern Virginia continued to see dry weather over the past week, which led to an expansion of abnormally dry conditions.
The Southeast also saw new areas of drought introduced this week due to a continued decrease in soil moisture and a lack of meaningful rainfall. A large pocket of abnormally dry conditions was introduced for eastern South Carolina and another one in southeastern Alabama.
Even though heavy rain fell over several locations in the central and southern Plains, the drought conditions remain unchanged. This is in large part due to the unknown effects of the recent downpours and improvements will likely be made next week.
The summer monsoon has arrived for the Southwest, but the rain did not make its way to northwestern New Mexico where the extreme drought conditions worsened. The rest of the Southwest remained steady this week with more rain needed to improve the severe conditions. The summer Monsoon might be a little late to the party as Lake Meade is expected to reach its lowest level since 1937 this week.
The drought conditions stayed persistent for the West Coast and Northwest. Several locations across interior sections of the Northwest are seeing record low precipitation amounts for the year.

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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor
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