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Drought Update: Southeast Drought Eliminated
UPDATED October 8, 2015
UPDATED By WeatherBug's Doug Kahn
The Southeast drought was virtually eliminated over the past week while exceptional drought conditions found their way into the Lower Mississippi Valley.
Over the past week, the Southeast, and North and South Carolina in particular, received enough rainfall to not only reduce their drought from severe levels, but to completely eliminate it. Generally 10-12 inches of rain fell across central South Carolina with isolated spots of more than 20 inches in some places. This inundation led to record-setting amounts of rain and tremendous flash flooding that caused billions of dollars in damage. Going into the upcoming weekend, these same areas are expected to receive more rain, but it will be nothing in comparison to this past weekend.
Although the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast droughts improved, the Northeast was largely shielded from the rain. As a result, moderate drought conditions increased in coverage across Long Island through southern Maine.
The drought in the southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley worsened this past week as the most intense category, exceptional drought, creeped into parts of northern Louisiana and extreme southern Arkansas. The bad news for residents is that the 1-2 inches of rain that are expected for the southern Plains will fall in places that are not dealing with drought conditions.
Abnormally dry conditions continued throughout the U.S. midsection as drought coverage increased in parts of Missouri, Wisconsin, and North Dakota. Drought in these areas is expected to get worse as little-to-no rain is forecast to fall in the coming week.
Places west of the Rockies remained parched as there was no relief from the unrelenting unprecedented drought. In fact, exceptional drought still covers over half of California and that is not expected to change in the week ahead.
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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor

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