Drought Monitor Weekly: Rains Prevail for Most of the Country

🕔Feb 22, 2018Summary During the past week, large precipitation events affected the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, southern Plains, Midwest, Ohio Valley, Tennessee River Valley, and mid-Atlantic, alleviating drought conditions or preventing further degradations […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: Rains Drench Eastern Regions, Southern Plains Drying Out

🕔Feb 16, 2018Summary During the 7-day period (ending Tuesday morning), heavy to excessive rainfall eased or eliminated dryness and drought across much of the eastern, southeastern, and southcentral U.S. Conversely, drought intensified […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: Southern Plains Stay Dry, Improvements for Southeast

🕔Feb 9, 2018Summary During the 7-day period (ending Tuesday morning), near- to above-normal precipitation was observed from the interior Southeast into New England, while dryness intensified across the southern half of the […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: Some Moisture for West Coast, South, but Otherwise Dry

🕔Feb 1, 2018Summary A weak ridge in the upper atmosphere tried to assert itself over the western contiguous U.S. (CONUS) during this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week, but Pacific storm systems moved […]

Drought Monitor: Another Dry Week for SW, Southern Plains

🕔Jan 25, 2018Summary A westerly flow dominated the upper-level circulation across the contiguous U.S. (CONUS) during this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week. The week began with a frontal system exiting the eastern […]

Drought Monitor Weekly: Rain in Some Areas but Severe Drought Building in SE and MW, Plains

🕔Jan 18, 2018Summary A significant weather system impacted the lower Mississippi Valley and pushed northeast into the Ohio River Valley and the Northeast. The active pattern over the Pacific Northwest and northern […]

Drought Monitor: Dryness Continues for Most of the Country

🕔Jan 11, 2018Summary Dryness continues over most of the country with only isolated areas of above-normal precipitation for this week. The “snow drought” over much of the mountainous western United States is […]

Drought Monitor: Fires Ravage California, Snows Blanket South, Southeast

🕔Dec 14, 2017Summary Conditions were dry and windy across much of the western United States over this past drought week, December 5-12. Wildfires, fueled by strong Santa Ana winds, destroyed hundreds of […]

Drought Monitor: Intensification, Expansion Continue

🕔Dec 7, 2017Summary This U.S. Drought Monitor week saw continued intensification and expansion of areas of drought across portions of the Southwest, Plains, lower Midwest, South, Southeast, and the Mid-Atlantic. For the […]

Drought Monitor: Storms Hit Northwest, Elsewhere Remains Dry

🕔Nov 30, 2017Summary This U.S. Drought Monitor week saw a series of storms impact the Pacific Northwest, northern California, and northern Rockies. The heaviest precipitation was observed across the Olympic Mountains and […]

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