|Eastern U.S. Sees Drought Relief|
December 12, 2013
By WeatherBug's Luke Paris
|Once again, the Eastern U.S. was ravaged by a powerful storm that brought snow and rain to the East Coast. Much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic was slammed by widespread snowfall where some cities saw more than 8 inches of accumulation and minor reductions in low-level drought. Further south, rain soaked the Southeast, improving the drought in Georgia, Mississippi and Alabama. |
Plenty of snow fell in the Midwest and Plains as well, easing the drought substantially across the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Moderate drought was removed completely in Minnesota and the severe drought in Nebraska was lowered. Several other locations with lower-level drought saw improvements due to snowfall.
A mix of snow, ice and rain fell in the Southern Plains last week, providing some much-needed moisture to Texas. Drought was improved across the board in Texas as the moderate, severe and extreme drought locations were either reduced or eliminated. Louisiana and Oklahoma saw a significant amount of rain as well that helped retract a few low-level drought perimeters. On the other hand, a few dry spots popped up in Kansas and Missouri that prompted the expansion of low-level drought.
The Pacific Northwest saw the expansion of dry spots west of the Cascades this past week while Utah saw a few days of needed rain and mountain snow, improving the moderate and severe drought. The rest of the West remained unchanged.
Next week, the Eastern U.S. is expected to see above-average precipitation that may help improve the low-level droughts in the Northeast while the Western U.S. will see below-average precipitation. Above-average temperatures are expected across much of the U.S. with the exception of the Eastern U.S.
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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor
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