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Drought Update: West and South Still Thirsty
October 23, 2014
UPDATED By WeatherBug's Tim Barnes
Decent rainfall has helped to scour out the drought impacting the nation`s coasts. Showers and some cooler weather have also alleviated the drought in the Deep South. Even with these little improvements, the South and the West are still thirsting for more wet weather.
The Midwest and Plains have been sitting in a nasty dry spell this past week. The lack of decent rainfall has started to create areas of abnormal dryness in north and central Minnesota. Extreme drought and abnormal dryness in Texas have occurred over the past week as well, with the hardest hit areas stretching from the Texas Panhandle into central Texas. Although it has also been dry in Kansas, some slight improvements have been seen over the week.
Farther east, slight expansions of dryness have been seen over eastern Georgia. In general, the Southeast is starting to see low stream flow even though the soil moisture seems to be near the norm for this time of year.
Pockets of moderate-to-severe drought were reduced in the southwest of New Mexico as moisture made its way in earlier this week. The extreme drought region in the northeast of New Mexico has also been alleviated by this most welcomed spot of rain. There have been reports of improvements seen over this week for much of the Southwest and even the Pacific Northwest too, but the long-term deficit is still taking its toll.
Looking ahead, there appears to be more wet weather in store for the Pacific Northwest, Northeast, Great Plains, Upper Midwest and southern Florida. The Central U.S. is looking at getting warmer-than-normal weather this coming week. While, dry weather continues to be the story for the Southwest and southern Plains, it also appears that the lower Midwest, Southeast and Mid-Atlantic may also suffer a bout of upcoming dryness.
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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor
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