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Drought Update: No End In Sight For The West
June 26, 2015
UPDATED By WeatherBug's Daniel Eiblum
While improvements in drought conditions have been made in a few spots here and there, there is still no end in sight for the worsening drought in the Western U.S.
In the nation`s midsection, light-to-moderate rainfall, on the order of 0.5 to 1.5 inches, fell on most of the dry areas in the Plains. A second week of significant rainfall led to reductions in the extent of moderate drought conditions in a few spots in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Texas. Otherwise, there has been no change in dryness since last week.
Light-to-moderate rainfall fell on the dry areas along and northwest of the Great Lakes region, and across parts of the southeastern Great Lakes region. Drought conditions were alleviated from part of south-central Michigan, where they received moderate-to-heavy rains over the past few weeks.
In the Ohio Valley, the remnants of Tropical Storm Bill brought copious amounts of rain to the Ohio Valley. Many locations from the Mississippi and Ohio rivers` confluence to the central Appalachians received 2-to-6 inches of rain, resulting in widespread drought relief. Moderate rain brought improvement as far south as central Kentucky, western West Virginia, and south-central Virginia.
Farther north, 1-to-3 inches of rainfall fell on parts of the Northeast, leading to improved conditions in portions of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maine, and Massachusetts.
Scant rainfall fell from the Rockies westward to the Pacific Coast last week. Overall, there was little change in conditions except along the northern tier of states from Montana westward through Washington and Oregon. Continued dryness and exceptionally hot weather kept drought increasing most significantly across parts of Washington, Idaho, and Montana. The entire state of Washington is now covered by abnormally dry conditions or worse, and severe drought conditions spread northward along the Oregon coastline, and expanded across a large part of central Idaho and adjacent Montana.
In the Southeast, there was heavy rain from Tropical Storm Bill`s remnants, but most areas reported less than a normal week`s worth of rainfall, and hotter-than-normal conditions exacerbated dryness. Overall, despite some small areas of improvement, dryness and drought either persisted or worsened.
Looking ahead to the upcoming week, hot and dry weather should prevail west of the Rockies` front range, with no rain expected and much-above-normal temperatures from Utah and Nevada northward through the northern Rockies and Intermountain West. Near-normal temperatures and light-to-moderate rainfall are forecast for the Plains and southeastern Rockies. Light-to-moderate rain is also expected across the Great Lakes and northern New England, along with cooler-than-normal temperatures. Moderate-to-heavy rainfall, generally exceeding an inch, is expected from the Midwest, Ohio Valley, and lower Northeast southward through the Gulf Coast and Florida. More than an inch of rain is anticipated everywhere except for portions of Florida, with a potential for 2-to-5 inches of rain on the Ohio Valley, central to northern Appalachians, and mid-Atlantic region.
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