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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.

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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor
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