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Drought Update: Drought Ameliorated in the Northeast
June 30, 2015
UPDATED By WeatherBug's Daniel Eiblum
Hot, scorching weather in the West has made drought conditions worse while repeated storms have helped existing dry conditions from the Midwest to New England.
Following a soggy May, record heat and dry weather worsened the drought in the West. The drought particularly got worse in western and north-central Montana, central Washington, southwest Oregon and northeastern Idaho.
A wet and cool week across the Midwest improved dryness in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Indiana and northern Minnesota. The same can be said in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast where up to 5 inches of rain helped make significant strides in zapping the recent dry stretch.
The baking Southeast saw little in the way of rain, so drought expanded into northern Alabama and northwest Georgia.
The Plains were mostly dry, with just spotty rain along the foothills in Colorado, the Panhandle of Nebraska, and into southwestern South Dakota as well as west Texas. Except for the regions that received the most rain, temperatures were above normal in most places with temperatures 2 to4 degrees above normal.
An active storm track through the Tennessee Valley will keep lawns green. Ample rain is also expected in parts of the Plains, Rockies and south Texas. The spotty showers and storms won't be enough to help the drought in California's Sierra. The above average temperatures won't help either. Even the Northwest doesn't look to shake out of its dry, hot pattern.
A smattering of showers and storms through the next week may help a few Southeast dry spots, including the southern Appalachians and Carolinas.
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