Click here to go to the US Drought Monitor website. Here’s an excerpt:
An active weather pattern over much of the eastern United States brought with it cooler than normal temperatures for most areas east of the Mississippi River. Areas of the Mid-Atlantic and Florida recorded above-normal precipitation with departures of up to 2 inches above normal for the week. Temperatures were also cooler than normal over the Southwest as above-normal precipitation from southern Oregon to western Arizona helped to keep temperatures down. Areas of the central Rocky Mountains recorded up to 4 inches above normal precipitation as a series of low pressure systems developed there and tracked onto the Plains. Drier than normal conditions dominated much of the South and much of the northern United States had above-normal temperatures…
High Plains and South
Areas of Nebraska and South Dakota were above normal for precipitation this week as a series of storms tracked through the region. After a reanalysis of the region, portions of the D0 in western North Dakota were improved this week. Additional rain over the D0 areas in Kansas allowed for the removal of most of the remaining abnormally dry areas in the state with only a small area of southeast Kansas remaining. In Oklahoma, D0 was improved in the central and western portions of the state while in Texas, D1 was removed from the western panhandle and D0 was expanded to the south in the eastern panhandle. New areas of D0 were added in south Texas in response to developing dry conditions while some improvement to D0 was made in west Texas…
As an analysis of conditions in New Mexico and Colorado was done, D0 conditions were improved in southeast Colorado and eastern New Mexico and the D1 in eastern New Mexico was removed. Abundant precipitation in Wyoming this week allowed for a full category improvement to the D0 and D1 conditions in the southwest part of the state. Northeast Utah also was improved as D0 was removed over this portion of the state. Based upon recent conditions and discussions that started last week, areas of D2 and D3 were improved over southern Nevada and southern California. For all of the West, the indicator type was changed to “L” (long-term drought) as the areas of short-term impacts have improved enough to remove that designation…
Over the next 5-7 days, the Plains, Midwest, and Northeast remain in a very active weather pattern; the greatest precipitation amounts are projected from northeast Texas into southern Missouri, where up to 5 inches of rain is forecast. With this active pattern, a shot of cold air out of Canada will impact temperatures all the way into the south, with below-normal temperatures. Temperatures are expected to be coolest over the central Plains with departures of up to 15 degrees below normal.
The 6-10 day outlooks show that the best chances for above-normal temperatures are in Alaska and the southern United States from Texas to the Carolinas. Projections show that the below-normal temperatures could be experienced over the Pacific Northwest, Midwest, and New England. A wetter than normal pattern looks to be likely as there are above-normal chances for precipitation above normal over areas from the Pacific Northwest, Central Plains, and most of the eastern United States. The greatest chances of above-normal precipitation are expected over the lower Mississippi River Valley and the Great Basin.