|Drought Update: Quiet Week Ahead|
UPDATED November 19, 2015
UPDATED By WeatherBug's Doug Kahn
|Drought conditions improved slightly over the Midwest and Pacific Northwest this week, while the rest of the U.S. remained unchanged.|
While the South remained extremely moist, much of the West still remained in extreme-to-exceptional drought over the past week with the exception to the Pacific Northwest. The Pacific Northwest has been continuously battered by coastal storms, bringing beneficial rain and snow to many areas that were plagued by drought over the summer. Even the Sierra snowpack in central California is looking much better than it has in previous years.
The middle Mississippi Valley also received some much-needed rain this past week, eliminating all moderate drought conditions from the state.
Places along the Northeast coast such as Long Island and much of Connecticut still remain under moderate drought because of storms tracking more inland through the Great Lakes and interior Northeast region, resulting in a lack of rainfall.
After its recent rains, Texas finally quieted down this past week, with no considerable change in its drought status.
Elsewhere, the Northern Rockies have been especially dry over the past few weeks, and drought levels are starting to become similar to California's. This is a worrying trend for residents in states such as Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.
Over the next week, conditions will remain unusually quiet over the U.S. for mid-November with the exception to a Pacific Northwest storm which will bring more rain and snowfall to areas along the coast and the mountains.
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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor
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