Washington, DC  20018      8/1/2014
 
In partnership with   ABC7-WeatherBug
Local Forecast Doppler Radar Alerts Weather Cameras Photos Health/Outdoors Storm Central  U.S.  World
  Change Location New WeatherBug Video Player
Storm Central
Western U.S. Remains Dry
July 31, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Mike Marston
An active weather pattern bringing bouts of showers and cooler temperatures helped to keep drought conditions steady this week.
Rain showers and storms helped to eliminate some areas of drought across the Northeast. The abnormally dry conditions were eliminated from Maine, but the precipitation missed areas across Long Island and New York, which led to some expansions of drought conditions.
The Northern Plains and Midwest saw an abundant amount of rain over the Month of June, but July was a completely different story. Over the last week, much like the whole month, little rain has fallen from the Dakotas to Indiana. The cool temperatures that have seemingly been stuck over these locations have slowed the emergence of drought conditions, but abnormally dry pockets are starting to pop up from South Dakota to Missouri.
The lingering intense heat across the Northwest accompanied with dry weather conditions has led to an expansion of abnormally dry conditions. Moderate and extreme drought conditions also shifted northward as Washington State`s largest wildfire on record continued to burn. Dry and warmer than average weather forecasted for the next seven days will likely make conditions worst.
The Tennessee Valley and Southeast had scattered showers and thunderstorms everyday over this past week. Drought conditions either remained persistent or slightly worsened due to the low precipitation totals and hot weather.
A similar situation was observed in the Southern Plains, where only slight changed were made. Cooler temperatures helped to offset the lack of rain over the period. Although a majority of crops across the Southern Plains are in good shape, the long-term drought effects are still noticeable in many lakes.
Improvements across Arizona and New Mexico were the most significant changes made across the U.S. this week. Monsoonal moisture dropped heavy precipitation and temperatures remained near average, leading to this good news.


Be sure to keep WeatherBug active to receive the latest weather in your neighborhood and get the latest updates anywhere on Twitter.












Source: U.S. Drought Monitor
What do you think of this story?
Click here for comments or suggestions.

Previous Stories:
August Hurricane Climatology - UPDATED July 28, 2014
Hot Weather Bakes East For One More Day - UPDATED 10 AM EDT, July 20, 2013
World Cup Weather - A Quick Glance at Brazilian Climate - UPDATED June 23, 2014
Doppler Radar and Maps      More
Rain, Snow & Precipitation Maps
Enlarge
Regional Map
National Map
Severe Weather Alerts      More

Latest Warnings & Watches

Local Alerts
National Alerts
Mobile Alerts

Live Weather Cameras      More

Local Camera

Burroughs Education Center
Washington, DC
Enlarge
Health & Outdoors      More

Air Quality, UV Index & More

Trails
Air Quality
UV Index

Products and Services
For Your Home
For Your Business
WeatherBug FREE Weather Software

WeatherBug Software Downloads: 79,770,925

New! Watch WeatherBug Videos

Featured Photos

Enlarge Photo

More Photos
Submit Your Photo
Photo of the Day

"Bay sunset."
World Weather      More

World Forecasts & Conditions

Select a City
World Weather
World Weather Maps

More WeatherBug Stations
Next closest WeatherBug weather stations to Washington, DC 20018:
74.6°F   Burroughs Education Campus, Washington, DC
76.5°F   Mt Rainier ES, Mount Rainier, MD
72.9°F   Childrens Hospital, Washington, DC
Select a different WeatherBug station
Local Forecast Doppler Radar Alerts Weather Cameras Photos Health/Outdoors Storm Central  U.S.  World
WeatherBug.com | About Us | Press & Testimonials | Support | Contact | Feedback
Free Download | Mobile | Business | Education | Media/Broadcast | Government | Advertising
Read our Terms of Use. By clicking to download WeatherBug, you agree to these terms.
© WeatherBug, 2006. All Rights Reserved. Privacy Policy