Hurricane Matthew approached the east coast of Florida as a category 4 hurricane, having many bracing for the impact during this last week, notes the National Drought Monitor. The eye of the storm mostly stayed offshore, but brought with it 14-plus-inches of rain in areas of South Carolina and North Carolina. However, these rains missed the drought-impacted regions of the Southeast. The storm pushed rain up the East Coast and into southern New England.
The monitor notes that southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma benefited from a slow-moving system that stalled out as it approached the Ozarks, but it had no impact on the Kansas drought that is centered across the southeast portion of the state. But in Oklahoma, drought area was trimmed by 15.6 percentage points from last week to 38.3% of the state, including much of the Panhandle area.
In its outlook for the next five to seven days, the monitor says the storm pattern will continue to impact the Pacific Northwest, with significant rain anticipated along the coastal region from northern California to Washington. "These storms will also impact the interior Northwest into central Montana and western Wyoming, bringing widespread precipitation," it states. "The Midwest and Great Lakes regions will also see precipitation as well as portions of the southern Plains. The Southeast looks to remain dry into the Mid-Atlantic. Temperatures are anticipated to be warmer than normal over much of the country, with only the areas of the Pacific Northwest being cooler than normal due to the anticipated precipitation. Departures will range from 12-15 degrees above normal for daily high temperatures over the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles to 9-12 degrees below normal over northern California."