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Drought Persists For Western U.S.
July 17, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Mike Marston
Numerous locations across the U.S. welcomed downpours and fresh thunderstorms over the last seven days. However, the drought continued and even intensified for several western states.
Daily and widespread thunderstorms across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic inhibited the oncoming of drought conditions. A few locations missed out on the rain and thunderstorms, including southern Virginia and the southern tip of the Delmarva Peninsula, where drought conditions worsened or stayed steady. The Southeast also swung and missed on the wet weather this week, which led to the expansion of abnormally dry conditions.
The Northern Tier Central Plains and Ohio Valley continued to see rounds of showers and thunderstorms. The slowly improving drought intensities shown across Nebraska and Kansas, where crop conditions across the board are good or excellent, reflect a long-term deficit.
The Southern Plains saw a mixed bag of weather conditions this week. Thunderstorms rolled across Oklahoma which led to improving drought conditions, except for the southwestern part of the state which saw a dry week. Texas also saw a dry week, leading to very minimal changes in the drought monitor.
July 2013-June2014 went down as the warmest on record and the third driest for California. The drought conditions there continue to worsen, but these changed will not be as noticeable due to the extreme conditions already present. The Southwest saw small changes this week as the summer monsoon brought rains to New Mexico and eastern Arizona. These seasonal rains are expected so unless there are extremely heavy rain amounts or a lack of rain, the drought monitor will not change.
The Northwest, currently in its dry season, saw little precipitation over the last seven days but no significant changes were made to the drought intensities.

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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor
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