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Drought Update: Concern In The East?
UPDATED September 3, 2015
UPDATED By WeatherBug's Doug Kahn
Much of the West will see little if any relief from an intense ongoing drought, while a few areas across the East and South are having similar drought problems as well.
Abnormally dry conditions over the past week have led to some concern across parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, including Washington D.C. and moderate drought reaching from New York City and Long Island into southern Maine. Little relief will come in the next few days which will only exacerbate drought concerns in the upcoming week.
In the Southeast, drought conditions remain relatively unchanged with the exception of southern Florida. Although most of western and central Florida has been receiving large amounts of rain recently, Miami has been relatively rain-free, allowing for spots of extreme drought to emerge.
The central and northern Plains stay relatively drought-free, with parched areas popping up in central Kansas and northwestern Nebraska due to the recent stretch of precipitation-free weather.
In the southern Plains, most of Southern Oklahoma and Texas remained unchanged, with the exception of southeastern Texas, where a couple of areas of severe-to-extreme drought have started to creep back into the picture.
In the West, extreme drought extends from northern Washington to southern California with parts of northwest Nevada and central California experiencing exceptional drought. However, relief may come to areas in the Pacific Northwest as a trough will increase the chance for rain this weekend.
The Desert Southwest will remain active with monsoonal activity, although the isolated sparse nature of the thunderstorms will make it hard to make a dent in the moderate and severe drought areas.
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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor

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