|Drought Spreads In Southern Plains, Pacific Northwest|
December 19, 2013
By WeatherBug's Luke Paris
|As dryness continued in the Southern Plains last week, new regions of drought began to pop up throughout Texas and Oklahoma. Last week was cooler than normal throughout the Southern Plains, which helped contain the spreading of the current drought. Further north, the Central and Northern Plains saw scarce rainfall, which led to the slight expansion of low-level drought in Kansas. The rest of the Plains and the Midwest remained unchanged. |
Several downpours throughout last week brought a bounty of rain to southern Florida. A good portion of southern Florida's drought was reduced, but northern Florida's drought continued to expand. The remainder of the Southeast continued to see dry weather, prompting the expansion of the drought along the Gulf Coast.
Small but significant changes were made after showers soaked the Northeast. Several drought locations were trimmed in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, as well as eliminating longer-term drought in the Carolinas. On the flip side, the Western U.S. saw a continuance of dry weather in the Pacific Northwest, with a decent expansion of the drought seen in Washington and Oregon. The West Coast and Southeast remained unchanged.
Next week, the Pacific Northwest, Southern Plains and East Coast are all expected to receive a considerable amount of rainfall which may help control rapidly spreading drought regions. Warmer than normal temperatures will be seen across much of the East Coast and Southern U.S. while the Great Lakes and Upper Midwest will remain cool.
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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor
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