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Drought Update: Rain To Help Reduce Drought This Week
UPDATED November 28, 2015
UPDATED By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Daniel Eiblum
Mother Nature made some residents of the U.S. thankful for rain this week as drought and abnormally-dry conditions retreated over portions of the country.
Another round of rain and snow in coastal Washington and northwest Oregon resulted in improvement to their drought status. Rain this week, added to the precipitation of last week, helped to bring two-week totals of 15-to-20 inches, or more, in some areas, especially higher elevations. On the downside, streams were bank full, and flooding occurred in many spots west of the Cascade ridge line, especially in Washington State. The persistent heavy rains and swollen rivers in Washington improved reservoir levels. No change was made to the drought status in most of the Southwest and California, however.
Farther east, this week saw a continuation of widespread heavy rains across the eastern Great Plains and Mississippi Valley, erasing slight drought conditions that remained from last week`s rains.
Most of the Ohio Valley and Upper Great Lakes received 0.5-to-1.0 inches of rain with a few spots recording up to 2 inches, improving abnormally-dry conditions in western areas, but no changes were made to the abnormal dryness in eastern areas.
Much of the Southeast received 1-to-3 inches of rain, with several areas of drought improvement, while 2+ inches of rain fell across parts of coastal New England. It was wet enough to prevent expansion of abnormally-dry conditions, but the precipitation that fell in much of the Northeast was not enough to improve drought conditions there.
Looking ahead, a slow-moving storm system over the central and western U.S. will generate heavy rain and snow once again, to the Plains and Mississippi Valley. Most of the Lower 48 states can expect at least a tenth of an inch of precipitation, with the southern Plains to Ohio Valley receiving several inches. Portions of the West can expect up to an inch of welcomed and much-needed rainfall. The Southwest, northern Plains, and Southeast will likely see the least amount of rain.
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